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Mismatch of Jobs and People: Do Migration Constraints Put Racial Minorities at a Disadvantage?

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  • Kalee Burns
  • Julie L. Hotchkiss

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Using the American Community Survey between 2005 and 2017, this article explores the evidence for potential migration constraints by comparing distributions of people and jobs across race and education. Using the Delta Index of dissimilarity, it illustrates a greater distributional mismatch between workers and jobs among racial minorities, relative to White non-Hispanics. This mismatch suggests greater migration constraints among racial minorities.

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  • Kalee Burns & Julie L. Hotchkiss, 2020. "Mismatch of Jobs and People: Do Migration Constraints Put Racial Minorities at a Disadvantage?," Policy Hub 2020-06, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:a00001:88147
    DOI: 10.29338/ph2020-06
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    Keywords

    people-based; social costs; Delta Index; racial labor market disparities; mismatch; migration costs; place-based;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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