The Wage Gains of African-American Women in the 1940s

  title={The Wage Gains of African-American Women in the 1940s},
  author={William J. Collins and Martha J. Bailey},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={737 - 777}
The 1940s marked a turning point in the labor market outcomes of African-American women. They experienced large wage gains relative to white women, sharp declines in agricultural and domestic service work, and significant increases in formal sector employment. Using a semiparametric decomposition technique, we assess the influence of changes in productive and personal characteristics, in workers' distribution across occupations and locations, and in the wage structure on both black women's… 
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