Black Applicants, Black Employees, and Urban Labor Market Policy

Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 48, No. 3, November 2000

Posted: 10 Jul 2001

See all articles by Harry J. Holzer

Harry J. Holzer

Georgetown University - Public Policy Institute (GPPI); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jess Reaser

Christensen Associates

Abstract

In this paper, we use data from a new survey of employers in four large metropolitan areas to analyze the flow of black applicants to different kinds of employers and the extent to which these applicants are hired. The results show that less-educated black workers apply less frequently for jobs in the suburbs than in the central cities, especially at smaller establishments. Their lower tendency to apply for suburban jobs seems to be mostly accounted for by factors associated with higher costs of applying and/or lower information flows. Black applicants, especially less-educated black males, are also less likely to be hired at suburban establishments. These results suggest the need for policies to improve the access of less-educated blacks to suburban employers, and also more effective enforcement of antidiscrimination laws in suburban establishments.

Suggested Citation

Holzer, Harry J. and Reaser, Jess, Black Applicants, Black Employees, and Urban Labor Market Policy. Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 48, No. 3, November 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=246549

Harry J. Holzer (Contact Author)

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Jess Reaser

Christensen Associates

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