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The Occupational Standing of Negroes by Areas and Industries

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  • Barbara R. Bergmann
  • Jerolyn R. Lyle

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Indexes of the occupational standing of Negroes relative to whites in 1966 are presented for 45 metropolitan areas and 67 industries. The most important factor in explaining differences in the indexes among areas was the citizens' attitudes towards equality for Negroes, for which we used the percentage voting for Wallace in 1968 as a proxy. Rate of net in-migration was also important, but variables designed to measure differences among areas in the Negro-white education gap and in availability of public transportation proved poor predictors. Among industries, Negroes have worse-than-average occupational status in industries which are more heavily involved in government contracting.

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  • Barbara R. Bergmann & Jerolyn R. Lyle, 1971. "The Occupational Standing of Negroes by Areas and Industries," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 6(4), pages 411-433.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:6:y:1971:i:4:p:411-433
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    1. Marcus Alexis & Marshall Medoff, 1984. "Becker’s utility approach to discrimination: A review of the issues," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 12(4), pages 41-58, March.
    2. Collins, William J., 2004. "The housing market impact of state-level anti-discrimination laws, 1960-1970," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(3), pages 534-564, May.
    3. William J. Collins, 2003. "The Housing Market Impact of State-Level Anti-Discrimination Laws, 1960-970," NBER Working Papers 9562, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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