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Skin-Tone Effects among African Americans: Perceptions and Reality

dc.contributor.authorHersch, Joni, 1956-
dc.identifier.citation96 Am. Econ. Rev. Papers & Proc. 251 (2006)en_US
dc.description.abstractIt is commonly assumed that lighter skinned African Americans receive preferential treatment over darker skinned counterparts. Using individual data from three sources, this paper examines the influence of skin tone on education and on wages. Lighter skin tone has a consistent positive impact on educational attainment but has a less consistent influence on wages. Possible mechanisms by which skin tone differences might influence economic outcomes are investigated, including measurement error, perceived attractiveness, access to integrated schools or work groups, perceived discrimination, and genetic differences. The perception that there is differential treatment on the basis of skin tone is more pronounced than the observed disparities.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (7 pages)en_US
dc.publisherAmerican Economic Review: Papers and Proceedingsen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans -- Race identityen_US
dc.subject.lcshHuman skin color -- United States -- Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshHuman skin color -- Social aspects -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshRace discrimination -- United Statesen_US
dc.titleSkin-Tone Effects among African Americans: Perceptions and Realityen_US

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