Wage and Occupational Differences Between Black and White Men: Labor Market Discrimination in the Rural South
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Smith, Lewis H.; Briggs , Vernon M. Jr.; Rungeling, Brian; Smith, James O. Jr.
"The existence of labor market discrimination based on race is well established.However, study continues into a variety of aspects of discrimination-among them the extent to which it exists in different regions. Gwartney has estimated the ratio of black to white earnings to be between .83 and .88 for the North and between .68 and .74 for the South. Masters, in a study of earnings differentials between black and white men, found a ratio of .79 for the non-South and .69 for the South. Although considerable literature has developed concerning earnings differentials, wage discrimination in rural areas is one topic which has received relatively little attention. In an attempt to eliminate this oversight this paper concentrates on the extent of wage differences between black and white men in the rural South attributable to labor market discrimination."
wage; occupation; black; white; men; labor; market; discrimination; rural; South; earnings; differential
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