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The declining racial earnings’ gap in United States: Multi-level analysis of males’ earnings, 1960–2000

Semyonov, Moshe ; Lewin-Epstein, Noah

Social Science Research, 2009, Vol.38(2), pp.296-311 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The declining racial earnings’ gap in United States: Multi-level analysis of males’ earnings, 1960–2000
  • Author: Semyonov, Moshe ; Lewin-Epstein, Noah
  • Description: Despite dramatic changes in education and occupational opportunities for Blacks in the United States, facilitated by affirmative action policies, the White–Black earnings’ gap has not vanished. Although the literature on this issue has become substantial no one has yet provided a systematic examination of changes in the earnings’ gap that takes into consideration the concomitant changes in the occupational structure and changes in the racial composition of occupational labor markets as well as changes in characteristics of the labor force. In the present research, we use 5 waves of IPUMS data and hierarchical linear modeling to estimate changes in the effect of race on earnings between 1960 and 2000. The models focus on the interaction of time and race with earnings while controlling for individual-level characteristics (i.e. education) at the individual-level and the characteristics of detailed occupational labor markets (i.e. occupational socioeconomic status, race and gender...
  • Is Part Of: Social Science Research, 2009, Vol.38(2), pp.296-311
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0049-089X ; E-ISSN: 1096-0317 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2008.11.001
  • Subjects: Racial Inequality ; Earnings Inequality ; Racial Inequality ; Earnings Inequality ; Social Sciences (General)
  • Language: English

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