Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 587–601 | Cite as

Changes in the earnings of Arab men in the US between 2000 and 2002

Original Paper

Abstract

Using public-use microdata samples from the American Community Survey, we find that Middle Eastern Arab men and Afghan, Iranian, and Pakistani men experienced a significant earnings decline relative to non-Hispanic whites between 2000 and 2002. Further analyses based on the Juhn–Murphy–Pierce wage decomposition technique as well as quantile regression indicate that this earnings decline is not explained by changes in the structure of wages or in observable characteristics beyond ethnicity. Our interpretation is that the unanticipated events of September 11th, 2001 negatively affected the labor-market income of the groups most closely associated with the ethnicity of the terrorists.

Keywords

Arab Americans September 11th discrimination 

JEL Classification

J71 J31 J23 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Finance, College of Business AdministrationUniversity of TexasEdinburgUSA

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