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Black-White Wage Inequality in the 1990s: a Decade of Progress

  • Kenneth Couch

Using Current Population Survey data, we find that the gap between the wages of black and white males declined during the 1990s at a rate of about .60 percentage point per year. Wage convergence was most rapid among workers with less than 10 years of potential experience, with declines in the gap averaging 1.40 percentage points per year. Using standard decomposition methods, we find that greater occupational diversity and reductions in unobserved or residual differences are important in explaining this trend. General wage inequality tempered the rate of wage convergence between blacks and whites during the 1990s. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 40 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 31-41

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:40:y:2002:i:1:p:31-41
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