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The Economic Progress of African Americans in Urban Areas: A Tale of 14 Cities

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
  • Black, Dan A. (University of Chicago. Harris School of Public Policy)
  • Kolesnikova, Natalia A. (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
  • Taylor, Lowell J. (Carnegie Mellon University)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
African Americans; economic conditions; education; labor markets; urban areas
  • Abstract

    How significant was the economic progress of African Americans in the United States between 1970 and 2000? In this paper the authors examine this issue for Black men 25 to 55 years of age who live in 14 large United States metropolitan areas. They present evidence that significant racial disparities remain in education and labor market outcomes of Black and White men, and they discuss changes in industrial composition, migration, and demography that might have contributed to the stagnation of economic progress of Black men between 1970 and 2000.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970 / 2000
    Time period: 1970--2000
Geographic Coverage
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • California
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Detroit
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Houston
  • Illinois
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Memphis
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Orleans
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Black and non-Hispanic White men of prime working age -- 25 to 55 years old.
Collection Mode
  • The data are distributed as a Microsoft Excel file, which provides data, tables, and figures used in the publication.

    These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigators if further information is desired.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 34710 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34710.v1
  • Black, Dan A., Kolesnikova, Natalia, Taylor, Lowell J.. The economic progress of African Americans in urban areas: A tale of 14 cities. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.92, (5), 353-379.2010.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Black, Dan A.; Kolesnikova, Natalia A.; Taylor, Lowell J. (2013): The Economic Progress of African Americans in Urban Areas: A Tale of 14 Cities. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.