The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 5–12 | Cite as

A longitudinal analysis of racial wage differentials for young nonfarm rural workers

  • Clifford E. Reid


A longitudinal data base is used to estimate racial wage differentials for young nonfarm rural workers for 1968, 1973, and 1978. The empirical results indicate the existence of large wage differentials between young white and young black nonfarm rural workers of both sexes. The results also indicate that the wage differential for young men has increased over time while the differential for young women has decreased slightly over time.


Wage Differential Wage Premium National Longitudinal Survey Salary Worker Rural Worker 
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  1. 1.
    The wage differential for rural workers may also capture differential racial access to schooling for rural workers.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    We still observe large wage disadvantage for black rural residents if we increase our sample to include nonfarm rural residents who also work in metropolitan areas.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    When we examine recent entrants into urban labor markets, we observe a smaller wage disadvantage for black workers. This is partially a result of a reduction of the black-white gap in many human-capital characteristics and partially a result of social awareness about eliminating overt forms of discrimination. We have much less reliable information on the experience of a particular cohort over time.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    We are not able to obtain for the young men cohort the children variable for each of the three study years.Google Scholar

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