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Title:Skin Tone's decreasing importance on employment: Evidence from a longitudinal dataset, 1985-2000 PDF Logo
Authors:Akee, Randall K. Q.
Yuksel, Mutlu
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5120
Abstract:We investigate the effect of skin tone on employment probabilities in a longitudinal data set. Using an objective measure of skin tone from a light-spectrometer and a self-reported measure of race we find that over time the effect of skin tone on employment has diminished. These results hold both across the white and African-American samples as well as within the African-American sample itself with regard to skin tone. Further investigation indicates that all of the gains can be attributed to African-American women; there are no changes in the employment probabilities for African-American men in the 15 year panel data. We find that the expansion of employment for women is concentrated in the services occupations.
Subjects:race
gender
employment discrimination
skin tone
panel data
JEL:J15
J16
J71
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201010132754
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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