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Does skin color affect educational and labor market outcomes in the United States?

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  • Mon 23 Sep 2019 11.30 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-09-23 11:30 2019-09-23 13:00 Europe/Paris Does skin color affect educational and labor market outcomes in the United States?

A paper presentation within the Inequality Working Group The article revisits the sociological literature on colorism in the United States by studying the effect of skin color on schooling and early life earnings. I examine whether the association between skin color and socioeconomic outcomes reflects skin color premium or inherited advantages/disadvantages due to higher levels of racial stratification in previous generations. Using standard regression models and sibling fixed-effects models, I find that skin color does not affect educational attainment net of the higher socioeconomic status of lighter skinned families. By contrast, having a lighter skin color has a positive effect on the income of Black men and women but no clear effect for other racial groups. Additionally, this study finds that Blacks are the group that displays the largest variability in skin color while Whites’ skin tone is almost invariant. The article’s main contribution is to move beyond associational evidence offered by previous studies to provide more plausibly causal estimates for the effect of skin color on socioeconomic outcomes.

Seminar Room 3 - Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 3 - Badia Fiesolana

A paper presentation within the Inequality Working Group The article revisits the sociological literature on colorism in the United States by studying the effect of skin color on schooling and early life earnings. I examine whether the association between skin color and socioeconomic outcomes reflects skin color premium or inherited advantages/disadvantages due to higher levels of racial stratification in previous generations. Using standard regression models and sibling fixed-effects models, I find that skin color does not affect educational attainment net of the higher socioeconomic status of lighter skinned families. By contrast, having a lighter skin color has a positive effect on the income of Black men and women but no clear effect for other racial groups. Additionally, this study finds that Blacks are the group that displays the largest variability in skin color while Whites’ skin tone is almost invariant. The article’s main contribution is to move beyond associational evidence offered by previous studies to provide more plausibly causal estimates for the effect of skin color on socioeconomic outcomes.


Location:
Seminar Room 3 - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Organiser:
Prof. Juho Härkönen
Prof. Fabrizio Bernardi

Contact:
Monika Rzemieniecka (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Max Weber Fellow Mauricio Bucca (European University Institute)

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