ERIC Number: ED246157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Analysis of the Wages of Hispanic, Black, and Anglo Men.
This paper details the factors contributing to the wage structure of Hispanic men and compares the wages of Black and Anglo men. The major finding is that controlling for differences in observable personal characteristics--such as education and work experience--substantially reduces the wage differences between Hispanics and Anglos. For example, among Mexicans the observed wage differential for men is about 30 percent. Yet once the differences in personal characteristics are controlled for, the differential drops to 6 percent. This remaining 6 percent differential is attributed to labor market discrimination. After controlling for differences, the differential attributable to discrimination for Puerto Rican males is 18 percent, for Black males 14 percent, and for "other Hispanic" males 12 percent. The Cuban-Anglo differential can be completely explained by differences in observable personal characteristics, especially recency of arrival in the United States and language handicaps. These factors, along with low education and discrimination, also seriously handicap Puerto Rican men. Other findings include the following: (1) Mexican and "other Hispanic" men have significantly lower wages in States where Hispanics are a large fraction of the population; and (2) minority men (except U.S. Mexican-Americans) have lower wage returns to education than Anglos. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Survey of Income and Education
Note: Also contained in UD 023 679; Revised version of a paper presented at the Hispanic Labor Conference (Santa Barbara, CA, February 4-5, 1982).