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The Wage Earnings Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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  • Elton Mykerezi

    () (Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 231 Classroom Office Building, 1994 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6040, USA)

  • Bradford F. Mills

    () (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 314 Hutcheson Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA)

Abstract

The impact on wages from blacks' attendance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) versus other colleges is examined using geo-coded National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 data. The paper reconciles seemingly conflicting findings in previous studies by estimating wage profiles over time, rather than by estimating wages at a single point in time. Estimates indicate that black males show no initial wage advantage as a result of HBCU attendance, but their wages increase 1.4–1.5% faster per year after attending HBCUs compared to other colleges. This faster growth generates discounted career earnings from HBCU attendance that are 9.6% higher for HBCU attendees and 8.9% higher for the average four-year college black student. For black females, HBCU attendance has no significant impact on initial wages or on subsequent wage growth.

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  • Elton Mykerezi & Bradford F. Mills, 2008. "The Wage Earnings Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 75(1), pages 173-187, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:75:1:y:2008:p:173-187
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    1. Elton Mykerezi & Bradford F. Mills, 2008. "The Wage Earnings Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 75(1), pages 173-187, July.
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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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