The Widening Black‐White Wage Gap Among Women

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Jonathan Fisher

Stanford University - Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality

Christina Houseworth

University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

We utilize over 30 years of the Current Population Survey to examine labor force participation and wage patterns among five cohorts of white and black women. By estimating wages using four selection correction techniques in determining the wage gap for women who are not in the labor force, we provide evidence of the changing role of selection among women over time. We find an increasing observed wage gap between white and black women for younger cohorts; however, the decline in selection for both black and white women does not explain the rising wage gap.

Suggested Citation

Fisher, Jonathan and Houseworth, Christina, The Widening Black‐White Wage Gap Among Women (September 2017). LABOUR, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 288-308, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3013937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12099

Jonathan Fisher (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality ( email )

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Christina Houseworth

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60607
United States

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