Effects of Family and Community Background on Men's Economic Status
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Roger H. Gordon
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Michigan State University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
NBER Working Paper No. w2896
This study uses intergenerational data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to investigate the effects of family and community background on men's economic status. It is distinguished from most previous studies by its emphasis on community influences and on influences from poverty and welfare use. Also, our parental characteristics data are more comprehensive and accurate than those of many earlier studies. We find substantial disadvantages in economic status for black men, men from lower-income families, and men from more welfare-dependent families or communities. Otherwise, we do not find much evidence of community influences. This, however, might be due to the grossness of the geographic detail at which our community variables are measured.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26working papers series
Date posted: April 12, 2004
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