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The gray area: high school dropout likelihood among skin tone levels of black males

Yariv Fadlon and Sophie Tripp
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Yariv Fadlon: Claremont Graduate University Department of Economics 150 E 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711 USA, e-mail:
Sophie Tripp: Claremont Graduate University, Department of Economics, 150 E 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711 USA, e-mail:

Econometrics Letters, 2015, vol. 2, issue 2, 1-11

Abstract: We evaluate the role skin tone plays in the likelihood of dropping out of high school for black male respondents in the NLSY97. We find that blacks are 11 percent more likely to drop out of high school. This gap almost disappears after controlling for key family background variables. In addition, we find that light skinned blacks are less likely to drop out compared to whites, while dark skinned blacks are more likely to drop out compared to whites after controlling for the same family background variables. Therefore, after controlling for family background, the dropout likelihood of both light and dark skinned blacks “cancel out” and thus the bi-racial gap mistakenly seems to disappear.

Keywords: Black-White Dropout; Skin Tone; FGLS. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 C1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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