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Race and Ethnic Wage Gaps in the Noncollege Labor Market
Gregory Acs, Pamela J. Loprest
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This paper uses data from the 2007 Survey of Employers in the Low-Skill Labor Market to analyze whether wage differences among workers of different races and ethnicities in the low-skill labor market remain after controlling for individual, job, and employer characteristics. The employer-provided data include detailed information on job requirements and employer characteristics rarely available in household surveys. We find that black workers earn significantly less than white workers in the less-skilled labor market, and a significant difference (12 percent) remains even after controlling for worker, job, and employer characteristics.
Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Families
Tags Economic well-being Employment and income data Wages and nonwage compensation Families with low incomes