Why do minority men earn less? A study of wage differentials among the highly educated
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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.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1162/rest.88.2.300
Publication InfoBlack, D; Haviland, A; Sanders, S; & Taylor, L (2006). Why do minority men earn less? A study of wage differentials among the highly educated. Review of Economics and Statistics, 88(2). pp. 300-313. 10.1162/rest.88.2.300. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/2000.
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Professor of Economics
Professor Sanders specializes in the fields of economics and public policy. His research focuses specifically on four different lines of study, which include the trends of race and gender in relation to earnings among the highly educated; the effects of extreme economic changes on workers and families; the performance of gay and lesbian families within the economy; and the economic consequences of teenage childbearing. He has received numerous grants for his research, including several from the
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