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Change in Labor Market Discrimination Over Time

  • Orley Ashenfelter

    (Princeton University)

This article offers some evidence on what effect changes in discriminatory practices in labor markets may have had on the relative earnings of black workers. Interest focuses on estimating the extent of any change in the relative earnings of nonwhite workers which may be attributed to changes in discrimination in the postwar period and testing hypotheses about the effect which cyclical swings in aggregate labor market activity may have had on discrimination. The results suggest that there was little change in the extent of discrimination against black men over the period 1950 to 1966, that there was a significant reduction in the extent of discrimination against black women over this period, and that cyclical swings in aggregate labor market activity had little effect on the extent of discrimination.

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Paper provided by Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section. in its series Working Papers with number 387.

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Date of creation: Apr 1969
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Handle: RePEc:pri:indrel:14
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