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Racial Disparities in Job Finding and Offered Wages


Roland G. Fryer Jr.


Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; University of Chicago

Devah Pager


Princeton University - Department of Sociology; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Jörg L. Spenkuch


Northwestern University - Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (MEDS)

September 1, 2011


Abstract:     
The extent to which discrimination can explain racial wage gaps is one of the most divisive subjects in the social sciences. Using a newly available dataset, this paper develops a simple empirical test which, under plausible conditions, provides a lower bound on the extent of discrimination in the labor market. Taken at face value, our estimates imply that differential treatment accounts for at least one third of the black-white wage gap. We argue that the patterns in our data are consistent with a search-matching model in which employers statistically discriminate on the basis of race when hiring unemployed workers, but learn about their marginal product over time. However, we cannot rule out other forms of discrimination.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 72

Keywords: discrimination, wage gaps, race

JEL Classification: J71, J01, J15

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Date posted: September 29, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Fryer, Roland G. and Pager, Devah and Spenkuch, Jörg L., Racial Disparities in Job Finding and Offered Wages (September 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1934590 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1934590

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Roland G. Fryer Jr. (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )
Littauer Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
American Bar Foundation
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Chicago, IL 60611
United States
University of Chicago ( email )
1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Devah Pager
Princeton University - Department of Sociology ( email )
Princeton, NJ
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Jörg L. Spenkuch
Northwestern University - Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (MEDS) ( email )
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
HOME PAGE: http://kellogg.northwestern.edu/faculty/spenkuch/
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