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A longitudinal examination of racial differences in occupational distributions among prime-aged males in the United States

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  • Paul E. Gabriel

    () (Loyola University Chicago)

  • Susanne Schmitz

    () (Elmhurst College)

Abstract

This study uses longitudinal data to investigate racial differences in the occupational structures of prime-aged males in the U. S. labor market. Our primary empirical objective is to determine if the level of occupational segregation against African American males has declined over time. Our analysis indicates that while overall occupational differences between black and white men are essentially unchanged over the last two decades, empirical estimates of racial occupational segregation (i.e., unequal treatment) have fallen significantly. Thus, vintage effects of early labor market discrimination do not appear present.

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  • Paul E. Gabriel & Susanne Schmitz, 2014. "A longitudinal examination of racial differences in occupational distributions among prime-aged males in the United States," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(1), pages 106-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-13-00450
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    1. Wei-Bin Zhang, 2017. "Discrimination and Inequality in an Integrated Walrasian-General-Equilibrium and Neoclassical-Growth Theory," Asian Journal of Economic Modelling, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 5(1), pages 57-76, March.

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    Keywords

    Occupational Choice; Race; Segregation; Occupational Attainment; Human Capital;

    JEL classification:

    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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