Accounting for the ethnic unemployment gap in France and the US

Laurent Gobillon, Peter Rupert, Étienne Wasmer, 23 July 2013



The unemployment rate in France is roughly six percentage points higher for African immigrants than for natives. In the US, the unemployment rate is approximately nine percentage points higher for black people than for white people.

Topics: Europe's nations and regions, Labour markets
Tags: commuting, ethnicity, France, race, unemployment

De Jure and de Facto Determinants of Power: Evidence from Mississippi

Graziella Bertocchi, Arcangelo Dimico, 22 July 2012

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Topics: Politics and economics
Tags: education, institutions, race, voting restrictions

Equilibrium fictions, societal rigidity, and affirmative action

Karla Hoff, 24 April 2012



India’s experience with quotas for women in public office suggests that within a generation, exposure to women leaders can erase the bias in men’s evaluation of female compared to male leaders and lift parents’ and girls’ aspirations by enough to close the gender gap in literacy (Beaman et al. 2009, 2012).

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: affirmative action, caste, India, race, sexism

Did the mortgage credit boom contribute to the decline in US racial segregation?

Romain Rancière, Amine Ouazad, 16 March 2012



Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Migration, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: race, racial segregation, Subprime, US

White suburbanisation facilitated black homeownership in the mid-20th century

Leah Boustan, Robert A Margo, 12 February 2011



Over the 20th century, the residential patterns of US households became increasingly divided by race. From 1940 to 2000, the share of the metropolitan white population who lived in the suburban ring increased from 38% to 74%, whereas, even by 2000, over 60% of the black metropolitan population remained in central cities.

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: housing, race, real estate, US

Race has a hand in determining market outcomes

Jennifer Doleac, Luke C.D. Stein, 29 June 2010



Economic outcomes in the US are highly correlated with race, but it is not clear what causal mechanisms underlie these correlations. In particular, how much is due to discrimination? How much is due to other characteristics, such as education, that vary across racial groups?

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Labour markets
Tags: Discrimination, online markets, race

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