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Labor Force Participation in the Ghetto

Paul Offner
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 7, No. 4 (Autumn, 1972), pp. 460-481+569
DOI: 10.2307/144750
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/144750
Page Count: 23
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Labor Force Participation in the Ghetto
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Abstract

It is generally recognized that one factor contributing to ghetto employment problems is the poor location of the ghettos relative to job locations. This study, based on 1960 Census tract data for New York City, was an effort to find out how important the location factor is. The major findings are: (1) Labor supply is depressed in the ghetto for the prime age groups (about 3 percent for males, 6 percent for females) rather than for teenagers and older people, as might have been expected. (2) After controlling for their demographic, social, and economic characteristics, prime age people in the ghetto have depressed participation rates at least partly as a result of the shortage of jobs there.

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