Skin Tone Effects Among African Americans: Perceptions and Reality
Vanderbilt University - Law School; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics
American Economic Review, Vol. 96, No. 2, May 2006
Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper No. 545
It is commonly assumed that lighter skinned African Americans receive preferential treatment over darker skinned counterparts. Using individual data from three sources, this paper examines the influence of skin tone on education and on wages. Lighter skin tone has a consistent positive impact on educational attainment but has a less consistent influence on wages. Possible mechanisms by which skin tone differences might influence economic outcomes are investigated, including measurement error, perceived attractiveness, access to integrated schools or work groups, perceived discrimination, and genetic differences. The perception that there is differential treatment on the basis of skin tone is more pronounced than the observed disparities.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
JEL Classification: J15, I20, J30Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 31, 2006
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