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Race and Economic Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century

Edited By

Marlene Kim

ISBN 9780415547864
Published July 31, 2009 by Routledge
300 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Examining the crucial topic of race relations, this book explores the economic and social environments that play a significant role in determining economic outcomes and why racial disparities persist.

With contributions from a range of international contributors including Edward Wolff and Catherine Weinberger, the book compares how various racial groups fare and are affected in different ways by economic and social institution. Themes covered in the book include:

  • the economic status of various racial and ethnic groups, including their progress or retrenchment over the years
  • how the law, economic motivations, and increased competition for jobs affect racial disparities.

This is an invaluable resource for researchers and academics across a number of disciplines including political economy, ethnic and multicultural studies, Asian studies, and sociology.


Table of Contents

1. Racial Economic Disparities in the Twenty-first Century  Part 1: Racial Differences in Wealth, Earnings and Work  2. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Wealth  3. Wage Gaps Among Black College Graduates, 1980-2001  4. Black Physicians: Discrimination, Earnings and Job Satisfaction  5. The Racial Gap in Autonomy at Work  6. Neighborhoods, Mobility and Wages: Latina Immigrants in Southern California  7. The Economic Status of Asian Americans  Part 2: The Economic and Social Environment and Implications for Racial Inequality  8. Do Black and White Children Start out on Equal Footing in the Race for Economic Success?  9. Experiencing Residential Segregation: A Contemporary Study of Washington D.C.  10. Racial Disparities and Business Cycles: Do Racial Wage Gaps Close in Tight Labor Markets?  11. Trends in Poverty, Employment and Wages: White, Black and Hispanic Women in the US, 1988-2002 

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Marlene Kim is Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. As a labor economist, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on race, gender, discrimination, the working poor, and wage-setting. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.