Title

The Impact of Economic Conditions During Young-Adulthood on Racial Differences in Human Capital Outcomes

Publication Date

4-1-2020

Grant Type

Early Career Research Grant

Description

Recessions occur frequently in the United States. When recessions occur, young and minority workers are hardest hit. There is little evidence on the effects of a poor economy on the human capital outcomes of these workers. Using data from the NLSY surveys and access to the geocode data, I will exploit the variation in the effects of recessions on local labor markets to estimate the effects of economic opportunities during young adulthood on human capital formation of different racial groups. This study will not only document the effect of a poor economy on minority youths, but will also give broader insights into the impact of persistent differences in access to opportunities during young adulthood on human capital inequality in the labor market.

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