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The Relative Earnings of Young Mexican, Black, and White Women

Heather Antecol and Kelly Bedard
Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Vol. 56, No. 1 (Oct., 2002), pp. 122-135
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/3270652
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3270652
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

This analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth indicates that young Mexican women and young black women earned, respectively, 9.5% and 13.2% less than young white women in 1994. Differences in education appear to be the most important explanation for the Mexican-white wage gap, whereas differences in labor force attachment are the most important determinant of the black-white wage gap. The authors show that accounting for actual labor market experience, rather than simply imputing experience based on years since leaving school, is crucially important in such analyses.

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