Date of Award

12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department

Economics

Advisor

Dr. Tom Marz

Committee Member

Dr. Jaqueline Oliveira

Committee Member

Dr. Dan Miller

Committee Member

Dr. Tomas Cvrcek

Abstract

Labor market attachment differs significantly between African-American males and white males; there are various reasons that account for the wage differential. It has long been agreed that the Mincer equation method, which analyzes earnings by using experience and education levels, is very reliable. Is it only these two variables that account for the wage inequality? For instance, does discrimination exist in the labor market? And is there any improvement in the measurement of experience variables that will affect the result? In this paper, I will generate accumulated experience variables in order to compare them to potential experience variables. I will find out whether racial wage differential still exists after using adjusted accumulated models.

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Economics Commons

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