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Racial Earnings Differences Between Black and White Men Since 1940

Source: BFI Working Paper No. 2018-45, “Divergent Paths: A New Perspective on Earning Differences Between Black and White Men Since 1940,” by Patrick Bayer, Duke University professor of economics, and Kerwin Kofi Charles, professor, Harris School of Public Policy
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Racial Earnings Rank Gaps, Median and 90th Quantiles

For the median black man in 2014, his earnings relative to white median men is only slightly better than it was about two generations previous, in 1940. The 90th quantile shows more improvement over time.