THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BLACK-WHITE HOUSING SEGREGATION AND BLACK EMPLOYMENT IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET
Berry, Kristin M.
Since the 1940s, the black unemployment rate has consistently trended twice that of the white unemployment rate. This disparity contributes to lost income, fewer resources, and poorer health outcomes in the black community. In my thesis, I study black-white housing segregation, one of the many factors that could contribute to systematically higher black unemployment levels. Previous literature from the 1990s found a negative relationship between segregation and black employment. Using 2009 and 2010 data from the US2010 Project and the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, Current Population Survey, I tested to see if this relationship still existed 20 years later. With the newer data, I found no statistically or substantively significant association between segregation and black employment.
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