Slavery, Education, and Inequality

@inproceedings{Bertocchi2010SlaveryEA,
  title={Slavery, Education, and Inequality},
  author={Graziella Bertocchi and Arcangelo Dimico},
  year={2010}
}
We investigate the effect of slavery on the current level of income inequality across US counties. We find that a larger proportion of slaves over population in 1860 persistently increases inequality, and in particular inequality across races. We also show that a crucial channel of transmission from slavery to racial inequality is human capital accumulation, i.e., current inequality is primarily influenced by slavery through the unequal educational attainment of blacks and whites. Finally, we… CONTINUE READING
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