Prejudicial Attitudes and Labor Market Outcomes

33 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2018

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Ashwin Rode

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

Anand Shukla

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 2018

Abstract

We explore whether and to what extent differences in prejudicial attitudes can be associated with the variation in Black–White labor market gaps across US metropolitan areas. Prejudicial attitudes are quantified using novel data on racially charged Internet searches. We find that prejudicial attitudes matter for labor market outcomes, but only for workers who are not college graduates. For this group, a racially charged search rate that is one standard deviation higher is associated with a 17 per cent higher unexplained Black–White gap in annual income and 21 per cent higher unexplained hourly wage gap.

Suggested Citation

Rode, Ashwin and Shukla, Anand, Prejudicial Attitudes and Labor Market Outcomes (September 2018). LABOUR, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 320-352, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3228202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12125

Ashwin Rode (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Department of Economics ( email )

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Anand Shukla

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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