The Effect of Commute Time on Racial Earnings Inequality: A Case Study of the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area

Applied Economics, 1996, 28, 1339-1343

5 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2013

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Samuel Myers

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Lisa Saunders

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

Data from the United States Census confirm a substantial increase in the racial earnings gap between 1980 and 1990. This paper examines data on whites and non-white wage and salary incomes in Houston TX for 1980 and 1990. Data on time traveled to work is used to simulate what would be the impact of shorter commute times on earnings inequality. The central findings that a reduction in travel time from residence to work would cause a very small reduction in racial earnings and income inequality. This suggests that advances in urban transportation policy alone are not ¬Āsufficient to solve the problem of racial earnings inequality.

Keywords: inequalities, inequality, racial, earnings, income differences, race, disadvantaged populations, policy, demographics

Suggested Citation

Myers, Samuel and Saunders, Lisa, The Effect of Commute Time on Racial Earnings Inequality: A Case Study of the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (1996). Applied Economics, 1996, 28, 1339-1343. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2335093

Samuel Myers (Contact Author)

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Lisa Saunders

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

Department of Operations and Information Managemen
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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