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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, 411-25.

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

Journal Title

American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Author(s)

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

Year Published

1996

Volume Number

55

Pages

411-25

Reference ID

745