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Wages, Sorting on Skill, and the Racial Composition of Jobs

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dc.creator Macpherson, David A.
dc.creator Hirsch, Barry T.
dc.date 2003
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:10:28Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:10:28Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20427
dc.identifier ppn:362031819
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20427
dc.description Wages for black and white workers are substantially lower in occupations with a high density of black employees, following standard controls. Such correlations can exist absent discrimination or as a result of discrimination. In wage level equations, the magnitude of the correlation falls sharply after controlling for occupational skills. Longitudinal estimates accounting for worker heterogeneity indicate little if any wage change associated with changes in racial composition. Results support a ?quality sorting? explanation, with racial density serving as an index of unmeasured skills. Although past discrimination helps determine the present pattern of job sorting, current discrimination cannot explain the relationship between wages and racial density. Current discrimination reflected in racial wage gaps occurs within occupations or across occupations in a manner uncorrelated with racial composition.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 741
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject J7
dc.subject J3
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject discrimination
dc.subject racial composition
dc.subject skill sorting
dc.subject Lohndifferenzierung
dc.subject Ethnische Diskriminierung
dc.subject Farbige Bevölkerung
dc.subject Qualifikation
dc.subject Humankapital
dc.subject Beruf
dc.subject Schätzung
dc.subject Vereinigte Staaten
dc.title Wages, Sorting on Skill, and the Racial Composition of Jobs
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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