Explaining differences in economic performance among racial and ethnic groups in the USA: The data examined

Journal Article (Academic article)

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.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Guilkey, DK; Winfrey, W; Darity Jr, WA

Published Date

  • 1996

Published In

  • American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 409 - 424