Why do minority men earn less? A study of wage differentials among the highly educated

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Journal Article

We estimate wage gaps using nonparametric matching methods and detailed measures of field of study for university graduates. We find a modest portion of the wage gap is the consequence of measurement error in the Census education measure. For Hispanic and Asian men, the remaining gap is attributable to premarket factors - primarily differences in formal education and English language proficiency. For black men, only about one-quarter of the wage gap is explained by these same factors. For a subsample of black men born outside the South to parents with some college education, these factors do account for the entire wage gap. © 2006 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Black, D; Haviland, A; Sanders, S; Taylor, L

Published Date

  • July 3, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 88 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 300 - 313

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-9142

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0034-6535

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1162/rest.88.2.300

Citation Source

  • Scopus