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Black-White Differences in Married Female Labor Supply: Estimates from the Houghteling Data of 1925


  • Colin Linsley

    (Saint John Fisher College)

  • David S. Pate

    (Saint John Fisher College)


This article examines differences in the labor force participation rates of black and white married women using a micro-level data set describing low-income Chicago families in 1925. The higher participation rate of black women in the sample is explained in part by higher annual earnings of white husbands and by significant racial differences in responses to family characteristics.

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  • Colin Linsley & David S. Pate, 1994. "Black-White Differences in Married Female Labor Supply: Estimates from the Houghteling Data of 1925," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 20(1), pages 85-96, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:20:y:1994:i:1:p:85-96

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    1. Sundstrom, William A., 2001. "Discouraging Times: The Labor Force Participation of Married Black Women, 1930-1940," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 123-146, January.

    More about this item


    Female; Labor Supply; Participation; Racial; Women;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply


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