The Government's Impact on the Labor Market Status of Black Americans: A Critical Review

69 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2001 Last revised: 4 Jul 2010

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Richard J. Butler

Brigham Young University - Department of Economics

James J. Heckman

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: June 1977

Abstract

This paper surveys recent evidence on the impact of government programs on the measured labor market status of black Americans. In this paper, we argue that previous studies neglect the impact of recent government policy on the supply side of the labor market, and that the supply side effects of recent policy play an important role in explaining the recent measured increase in the ratio of the wages and incomes of blacks to the wages and incomes of whites.

Suggested Citation

Butler, Richard J. and Heckman, James J., The Government's Impact on the Labor Market Status of Black Americans: A Critical Review (June 1977). NBER Working Paper No. w0183. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=260374

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