Choosing Racial Identity in the United States, 1880-1940

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Ricardo Dahis

Northwestern University

Emily Nix

University College London

Nancy Qian

Yale University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2019

Abstract

This paper documents that many black males experienced a change in racial classification to white in the United States, 1880–1940, while changes in racial classification were negligible for other races. We provide a rich set of descriptive evidence on the lives of black men “passing” for white, such as their patterns of marriage, children, the passing of spouses and children, migration and income.

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Suggested Citation

Dahis, Ricardo and Nix, Emily and Qian, Nancy, Choosing Racial Identity in the United States, 1880-1940 (November 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26465. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3492879

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Emily Nix

University College London ( email )

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Nancy Qian

Yale University - Department of Economics ( email )

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