The Effect of Community-Level Socio-Economic Conditions on Threatening Racial Encounters

38 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2008

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Heather Antecol

Claremont McKenna College - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: November 9, 2008

Abstract

This paper contributes to the emerging literature on racial and ethnic tension by analyzing the relationship between local socio-economic conditions and the propensity for outsiders to have threatening racial encounters with insiders. We use unique data for a sample of active-duty Army personnel that allow us to first, link personnel to the local communities in which they are located and second, to avoid any selectivity bias associated with endogenous community selection. We find at best mixed evidence that racial hostility is related to economic vulnerability within a community and no evidence that racial conflict can be linked to the level of public expenditure. Crime rates, however, are closely related to the incidence of threatening racial encounters and while a community's demographic profile is also clearly linked to racial tension, these relationships cannot be easily generalized across minority groups or type of threatening racial encounter.

Keywords: racial and ethic tension, U.S. military, economics of minorities

JEL Classification: D74, J15

Suggested Citation

Antecol, Heather and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A., The Effect of Community-Level Socio-Economic Conditions on Threatening Racial Encounters (November 9, 2008). Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper No. 2009-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1298366

Heather Antecol (Contact Author)

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Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

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