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Title:The effect of community-level socio-economic conditions on threatening racial encounters PDF Logo
Authors:Antecol, Heather
Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3828
Abstract:This paper contributes to the emerging literature on racial and ethnic tension by analyzing the relationship between local socio-economic conditions and the propensity for outsiders to have threatening racial encounters with insiders. We use unique data for a sample of active-duty Army personnel that allow us to first, link personnel to the local communities in which they are located and second, to avoid any selectivity bias associated with endogenous community selection. We find at best mixed evidence that racial hostility is related to economic vulnerability within a community and no evidence that racial conflict can be linked to the level of public expenditure. Crime rates, however, are closely related to the incidence of threatening racial encounters and while a community's demographic profile is also clearly linked to racial tension, these relationships cannot be easily generalized across minority groups or type of threatening racial encounter.
Subjects:Racial and ethnic tension
U.S. military
economics of minorities
JEL:D74
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20081127570
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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