Racial and Ethnic Gaps in Male Earnings in a Booming Urban Economy
Inner city labor markets have been described as "jobless ghettos" where deindustrialization has left an underclass with no more than a tenuous attachment to the mainstream economy. This article investigates whether the same phenomenon exists in a booming, diverse market. The results suggest that the labor force participation rates of black, Hispanic, and white men with limited schooling are identical and that hourly wages converge after controlling for human capital. Nevertheless, black men suffer low annual earnings due to high job turnover and part-time work prevalent in the industries and occupations to which they have access.
Volume (Year): 25 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
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