Racial discrimination in the U.S. labor market: employment and wage differentials by skill

Borowczyk-Martins, Daniel and Bradley, Jake and Tarasonis, Linas (2017) Racial discrimination in the U.S. labor market: employment and wage differentials by skill. Labour Economics, 49 . pp. 106-127. ISSN 1879-1034

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Abstract

In the U.S. the average black worker has a lower employment rate and earns a lower wage compared to his white counterpart. Lang and Lehmann (2012) argue that black-white wage and employment gaps are smaller for high-skill workers. We show that a model combining employer taste-based discrimination, search frictions and skill complementarities can replicate these regularities, and estimate it using data from the U.S. manufacturing sector. We find that discrimination is quantitatively important to understand differences in wages and job finding rates across workers with low education levels, whereas skill differences are the main driver of those differences among workers with high education levels.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/884921
Keywords: Employment and wage gaps; Discrimination; Job search; Sorting
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2017.09.007
Depositing User: Bradley, Jake
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 10:42
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:08
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46993

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