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The Widening Black-White Wage Gap among Women

Houseworth, Christina and Fisher, Jonathan (2017): The Widening Black-White Wage Gap among Women. Published in: Labour , Vol. 3, No. 31 (2017): pp. 288-308.


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Abstract. We utilize over 30 years of the Current Population Survey to examine labor force participation and wage patterns among five cohorts of white and black women. By estimating wages using four selection correction techniques in determining the wage gap for women who are not in the labor force, we provide evidence of the changing role of selection among women over time. We find an increasing observed wage gap between white and black women for younger cohorts; however, the decline in selection for both black and white women does not explain the rising wage gap.

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