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The Geography of Wage Discrimination in the Pre Civil Rights South

  • Sundstrom, William A.
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    Prior to the modern civil rights movement of the 1960s, the pay gap between African-American and white workers in the South was large overall, but also quite variable across location. Using 1940 census data, I estimate the white-black earnings gap of men for separate county groups called state economic areas, adjusting for individual differences in schooling and experience. I show that the gap was significantly greater in areas where, ceteris paribus, blacks were a larger proportion of the workforce, plantation institutions were more prevalent, more of the population was urban, and white voters exhibited segregationist preferences.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal The Journal of Economic History.

    Volume (Year): 67 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 02 (June)
    Pages: 410-444

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