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Demand-Side Changes and the Relative Economic Progress of Black Men: 1940-1990
Oct 01, 1995
Elaine Reardon



This article uses Census data from 1940 to 1990 to examine whether the hypotheses advanced for absence of economic progress of black men relative to white men during the 1980s are consistent with long-run trends. The findings indicate that skilled-biased technology change explains more than changes in industrial composition both in long run as well as in the 1980s. Moreover competition due to increased female labor force participation does not explain the trends among black men. Immigrants are found to replace less-skilled men, but white men are affected as much as black men.