The Wage Gains of African-American Women in the 1940s

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dc.contributor.author Bailey, Martha J.
dc.contributor.author Collins, William J.
dc.date.accessioned 2004-10-06T19:07:54Z
dc.date.available 2004-10-06T19:07:54Z
dc.date.issued 2004-06
dc.identifier.citation Bailey, Martha J. and William J. Collins. "The Wage Gains of African-American Women in the 1940s." Working Paper No. 04-W16. Dept. of Economics, Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN, June 2004. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/29
dc.description.abstract The weekly wage gap between black and white female workers narrowed by 15 percentage points during the 1940s. We employ a semi-parametric technique to decompose changes in the distribution of wages. We find that changes in worker characteristics (such as education, occupation and industry, and region of residence) can account for a significant portion of wage convergence between black and white women, but that changes in the wage structure, including large black-specific gains within regions, occupations, industries, and educational groups, made the largest contributions. The single most important contributing factor to the observed convergence was a sharp increase in the relative wages of service workers (where black workers were heavily concentrated) even as black women moved out of domestic service jobs. en
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dc.publisher Vanderbilt University. Dept. of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper
dc.title The Wage Gains of African-American Women in the 1940s en
dc.type Working Paper en

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