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Explaining Differences in Economic Performances among Racial and Ethnic Groups in the USA: The Data Examined

Citation

Darity, William A., Jr.; Guilkey, David K.; & Winfrey, William (1996). Explaining Differences in Economic Performances among Racial and Ethnic Groups in the USA: The Data Examined. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 55, 411-425.

Abstract

By utilizing self-reported race and ancestry in the 1980 and 1990 USA censuses and the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique, the extent of wage discrimination experienced by women and by men is examined across 50 ethnic/racial groups. Systematic evidence of negative discrimination is revealed in both census years for Asian, Indian, black (African-American), Vietnamese, Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Native American males. To assess the charge that the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition indicates cultural rather than discriminatory differentials, two additional data experiments are performed--one that controls for color and varies culture, and one that controls for culture and varies color. Race appears to matter.

URL

https://www.jstor.org/stable/3487615

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1996

Journal Title

American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Author(s)

Darity, William A., Jr.
Guilkey, David K.
Winfrey, William