Blacks and whites: narrowing the gap?
In Black and Whites Reynolds Farley tackles the controversial question of what black Americans have gained from the civil rights struggle. Are black Americans catching up to whites economically and socially, or are they falling behind?
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actual earnings annual average benefits black families black population blacks and whites capita income Census characteristics and hours characteristics of white cities civil rights constant 1979 dollars core industries Current Population Survey decade declined decreased distribution earnings of blacks earnings of white economic status educational attainment employers employment enrollment rates estimates families headed family income female-headed families Figure food stamps gains Gini index headed by women hourly earnings hourly wages husband-wife families hypothetical earnings income of black increased indicators interquartile range labor force labor market experience living arrangements marriage median income Nathan Glazer occupational percent percentage period polarization poverty line poverty rate programs proportion of black races racial change racial differences racial discrimination racial segregation racially integrated rates of return sector similar white social social class status of blacks trends typical white U.S. Bureau unemployment rate wage rates white families white women young blacks