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Darity, William A., Jr.; Dietrich, Jason; & Guilkey, David K. (1997). Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the United States: A Secular Perspective. American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 87(2), 301-305.


An open-ended question about ancestry in both the 1980 and 1990 decennial censuses, combined with a qustion about racial self-identification, provides the opportunity to examine the scope of current intergroup dispartiy in the United States in fine detail. Lacking a similar ancestry question, earlier censuses do not afford the same opportunity to explore ethnic differences. However, earlier censuses did ask questions about the country of birth of respondents and their parents.


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American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings


Darity, William A., Jr.
Dietrich, Jason
Guilkey, David K.