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The Interaction of Residential Segregation and Employment Discrimination

Jonathan S. Leonard

NBER Working Paper No. 1274
Issued in February 1984
NBER Program(s):   LS

This paper seeks to disentangle the impactof residential segregation from that of employment discrimination in determining black employment share. The major finding is that distance of a workplace from the main ghetto is one of the strongest and most significant determinants of both changes over time and levels of the racial composition of the workforce. This paper presents evidence of more heterogeneous micro labor supply within SMSA's than has usually been recognized for policy purposes. Comparing Chicago with Los Angeles, we find that distance from the ghetto has a stronger impact in Chicago, and that this effect increased during the late 1970's. In contrast, residential segregation is relatively less important indetermining workplace demographics in Los Angeles, despite its rudimentary public transit system and prototypical job dispersion. In both cities,residential segregation strongly influences black employment patterns and limits the efficacy of efforts to integrate the workplace.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w1274

Published: Leonard, Jonathan S. "The Interaction of Residential Segregation and Employment Discrimination," Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 21, no. 3, May 1987, pp. 323-346.

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