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Does Migration Function to Reduce Earnings Differentials by Race and Gender?

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  • Krieg, Randall

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Traditionally, studies of migration have focused on two functions of migration: first, as a means to redistribute society's labor force to its most efficient use and, second, at the level of the individual, as a human capital investment. This study investigates the role of migration in the determination of earnings differentials by race and gender. Microdata from the United States Census are used to estimate earnings functions by race, gender, and migration status. Strong evidence is provided suggesting that unexplained portions of earnings differentials, reflecting wage discrimination and other unobserved heterogeneity, are substantially reduced for both race and gender through the process of interstate migration.

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  • Krieg, Randall, 1990. "Does Migration Function to Reduce Earnings Differentials by Race and Gender?," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 24(3), pages 211-221.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:24:y:1990:i:3:p:211-21
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    1. Ather Maqsood Ahmed, 1998. "Sources of Earnings Differentials Among Migrants and Natives," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 37(4), pages 939-953.

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