The Journal of Economic Inequality

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 473–493 | Cite as

Conditional occupational segregation of minorities in the US

  • Carlos Gradín


We analyze the role of the demographic and human capital characteristics of minorities in the US in explaining their high occupational segregation with respect to whites and the extent to which they are locked into low-paying jobs. We measure conditional segregation based on an estimated counterfactual distribution in which minorities are given the relevant characteristics of whites. Our results show that the different levels of attained education by ethnicity and race explain a substantial share of occupational segregation among non-whites in the US, while English skills or immigration status are especially relevant for explaining segregation among Hispanics and Asians.


Conditional occupational segregation Immigration Race and ethnicity United States 

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D63 J15 J16 J71 J82 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Economía AplicadaUniversidade de VigoVigoSpain

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