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Race and Ethnicity in the Labor Market: Trends over the Short and Long Run

  • James P. Smith

    (RAND)

This paper describes the major trends that have impacted on the economic position of African-Americans and Latinos. In addition to long term trends which appear to be influenced mostly by skill related factors, I also evaluate alternative explanations for the recent stagnation in the economic position of minority households. These explanations include changing schooling, quality of students, affirmative action, and rising wage inequality. In addition, the unique role of immigration in altering the labor market position of Latino workers is analyzed.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 0402008.

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Length: 73 pages
Date of creation: 19 Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0402008
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 73. In Neil J. Smelser, William Julius Wilson, and Faith Mitchell (eds.), America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences, Volume II, National Academy of Sciences, 2001, pp. 52-97.
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  9. Chiswick, Barry R, 1978. "The Effect of Americanization on the Earnings of Foreign-born Men," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 86(5), pages 897-921, October.
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