Area Economic Conditions and the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Men in the 1990s Expansion
The current expansion has shattered the length of the previous longest peace-time boom and brought unemployment rates below four percent in 44 percent of metropolitan areas. We estimate the expansion's impact on the labor market outcomes of less-educated men. We find that young men, especially young African American men in tight labor markets experienced a boost in employment and earnings. Adult men had no gains, and their earnings barely changed even in areas with unemployment rates below 4 percent. Youths have higher earnings and employment in low crime states and poorer labor market outcomes in states where incarcerations are high.
|Date of creation:||Apr 1999|
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|Publication status:||published as Cherry, Robert and William M. Rodgers III (eds.) Prosperity for All? The Economic Boom and African Americans. NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 2000.|
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