The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 59–69 | Cite as

Racial employment and earnings differentials: The impact of the Reagan Administration

  • Charles A. Register


Numerous authors have considered the time paths of black/white employment and earnings differentials. Some have dealt with significant policy change impacts such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This study reports evidence concerning the impact of Reagan administration policy changes. The major drawback to the study is, of course, that the administration’s total impact will no doubt not be felt for years. Regardless, using U. S. Census data through 1984, it was found that the administration had either a mixed effect (relative employment) or no effect (relative income), leaving the decaying position of blacks in the labor market little changed.


Black Political Economy Earning Differential Reagan Administration Black Employment Employment Ratio 
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