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Choosing Racial Identity in the United States, 1880-1940

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  • Ricardo Dahis
  • Emily Nix
  • Nancy Qian

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This paper documents that many black males experienced a change in racial classification to white in the United States, 1880 – 1940, while changes in racial classification were negligible for other races. We provide a rich set of descriptive evidence on the lives of black men “passing” for white, such as their patterns of marriage, children, the passing of spouses and children, migration and income.

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  • Ricardo Dahis & Emily Nix & Nancy Qian, 2019. "Choosing Racial Identity in the United States, 1880-1940," NBER Working Papers 26465, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:26465
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    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy

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