Racial/Ethnic Differences in Non-Work at Work

25 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2017  

Daniel S. Hamermesh

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Katie R. Genadek

University of Minnesota

Michael C. Burda

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: January 2017

Abstract

Evidence from the American Time Use Survey 2003-12 suggests the existence of small but statistically significant racial/ethnic differences in time spent not working at the workplace. Minorities, especially men, spend a greater fraction of their workdays not working than do white non-Hispanics. These differences are robust to the inclusion of large numbers of demographic, industry, occupation, time and geographic controls. They do not vary by union status, public-private sector attachment, pay method or age; nor do they arise from the effects of equal-employment enforcement or geographic differences in racial/ethnic representation. The findings imply that measures of the adjusted wage disadvantages of minority employees are overstated by about 10 percent.

Keywords: time use, wage discrimination, wage differentials

JEL Classification: J22, J15, J31

Suggested Citation

Hamermesh, Daniel S. and Genadek, Katie R. and Burda, Michael C., Racial/Ethnic Differences in Non-Work at Work (January 2017). IZA Discussion Paper No. 10496. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903118

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