ERIC Number: ED156816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Race Differences in Earnings: A Survey and New Evidence.
Smith, James P.; Welch, Finis
Black male earnings have gradually increased relative to white male earnings since 1940, with the rise during the 1960's and early 1970's larger than that observed earlier. Five possible explanations account for this narrowing of racial wage differences: (1) a convergence in black and white income producing characteristics; (2) enhancement in the perceived quality of these income producing characteristics, e.g., schooling quality; (3) effects of migration; (4) effects of government affirmative action and reduction in labor market discrimination; and (5) business cycle variation. Extensive statistical analysis based on the Current Population Survey for 1968 through 1975 supports these explanations. Tables of data and a bibliography are included in this document. (PR)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Black Education, Black Employment, Blacks, Business Cycles, Data Analysis, Income, Males, Migration, Racial Differences, Whites
The Rand Corporation, Publications Department, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.