Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/44175
Authors: 
Akee, Randall K. Q.
Yuksel, Mutlu
Year of Publication: 
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
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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