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Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 93-20




This paper offers an empirical analysis of West Indians' performance in the U.S. labor market, drawing adjusted comparisons between the earnings of native-born black American men of West Indian ancestry and the earnings of other native-born men, both black and white. The data required for these comparisons come from the 1980 Census of Population, in which native-born respondents reported their ancestry. The results offer a mixed picture of the success of West Indians, suggesting that native-born blacks of West Indian ancestry do have somewhat higher earnings than other native-born blacks, other things equal. Nevertheless, there is still a large earnings gap between native-born blacks of West Indian ancestry and native-born whites that cannot be explained by observable characteristics.

Issue Date

September 1993


Also presented as a conference presentation at Eastern Economic Association Annual Meetings, Washington, DC (March 19-21, 1993); Department of Economics Workshop, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI (October 25, 1991); and Midwest Economics Association Annual meeting, St. Louis, MO (April 4-6, 1991)

Subject Areas

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Wages, health insurance and other benefits; Inequality


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Woodbury, Stephen A. 1993. "Culture, Human Capital, and the Earnings of West Indian Blacks." Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 93-20. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. https://doi.org/10.17848/wp93-20