IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Discrimination and racial disparities in labour market outcomes: evidence from WWII

10 March 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Anna Aizer will discuss the role that domestic World War II (WWII) defense production played in reducing the Black-white earnings gap.

This event is free.

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The 1940s witnessed substantial reductions in the Black-white earnings gap. 

Anna Aizer and her co-authors study the role that domestic WWII defense production played in reducing this gap. 

Exploiting variation across labour markets in the allocation of war contracts to private firms, they find that war production contracts resulted in significant increases in the earnings of Black workers and declines in the racial wage gap, with no effect on white workers. 

This was achieved via occupational upgrading among Black men to skilled occupations. The gains largely persisted through at least 1970. 

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About the Speaker

Anna Aizer

Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at Brown University

Anna is a labour and health economist with interests in the area of child health and well-being.

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