Research Report Structural Barriers to Racial Equity in Pittsburgh: Expanding Economic Opportunity for African American Men and Boys
Margaret Simms, Marla McDaniel, Saunji D. Fyffe, Christopher Lowenstein
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This study of Pittsburgh, supported by The Heinz Endowments, focuses on structural barriers that contribute to differences in African American and white men’s access to economic opportunities, specifically in employment and entrepreneurship. Structural barriers are obstacles that disproportionately affect a certain racial or ethnic group and perpetuate or maintain stark disparities in outcomes. This report summarizes findings from statistical analysis, focus groups, and individual interviews with stakeholders and African American men in Pittsburgh. A separate document, Barriers and Bridges: An Action Plan for Overcoming Obstacles and Unlocking Opportunities for African American Men in Pittsburgh, outlines our recommendations for improving the economic position of these men.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Race and equity
Tags Workforce development Racial and ethnic disparities Wealth inequality Mobility Race, gender, class, and ethnicity Men and boys Inequality and mobility Families with low incomes
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population