Research Report Discrimination and Economic Mobility
Melissa M. Favreault
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Although many researchers have documented lower levels of upward mobility amongst black families, it is difficult to disentangle the effects of discrimination from differences in (sometimes unobservable) characteristics that also contribute to variation in employment, income, health, housing, and wealth outcomes across groups. As a consequence, findings regarding the presence or absence of discrimination tend to be controversial. This review pulls together several strands of research on the subject, including the statistical analysis of survey data, audit studies comparing market outcomes for similarly qualified individuals who differ along racial lines, and public opinion polling data on discrimination. (Review 1 of 11.)
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Race and equity
Tags Racial and ethnic disparities Income and wealth distribution Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial wealth gap
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center