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The Government's Impact on the Labor Market Status of Black Americans: A Critical Review

Richard Butler and James Heckman

No 183, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper surveys recent evidence on the impact of government programs on the measured labor market status of black Americans. In this paper, we argue that previous studies neglect the impact of recent government policy on the supply side of the labor market, and that the supply side effects of recent policy play an important role in explaining the recent measured increase in the ratio of the wages and incomes of blacks to the wages and incomes of whites.

Date: 1977-06
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