SP09 Debate 2

SP09 Debate 2 - Is there Discrimination in U.S. Labor...

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Is there Discrimination in U.S. Labor Markets? I. Racial Discrimination A. Wages, occupations, and earnings. 1. Wage ratio rose from .52 in 1950 to .62  in 2003 2. Unemployment rate for blacks is still  usually double that of whites. 3. College education gap, especially for  men is still very large. 4. Incarceration rate is very high for young,  black men.   B. Changes in the wage gap since 1940 1. Education a. In 1940, the average white, male  adult worker had 9.4 years of  education; his black counterpart  had 4.7, a difference of 4.7 years. b. By 1980, the avg white male adult  worker had 13.6 yrs of ed; his black 
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counterpart had 12.2, a difference  of 1.4 years.
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c. The narrowing of the educational  differential significantly lowered the  racial wage gap. d. The fact that returns to education  increased in the 1980s and 1990s,  served to widen the gap. e.
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SP09 Debate 2 - Is there Discrimination in U.S. Labor...

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