ERIC Number: EJ860338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
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Do Sheepskin Effects Help Explain Racial Earnings Differences?
Bitzan, John D.
Economics of Education Review, v28 n6 p759-766 Dec 2009
This study examines the role of sheepskin effects in explaining white-black earnings differences. The study finds significant differences in sheepskin effects between white men and black men, with white men receiving higher rewards for lower level signals (degrees of a college education or less) and black men receiving higher rewards for higher level signals (graduate degrees). In performing an Oaxaca decomposition of earnings differences, it is apparent that signaling plays an important role in explaining white-black earnings differences and that a portion of the gap may be explained by statistical discrimination. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Salary Wage Differentials, Rewards, Whites, Males, Racial Differences, African Americans, Economics, Evaluation Methods, Correlation, Educational Attainment, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education, Compensation (Remuneration)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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