EPI Event: Understanding the Low Wages of Black Workers

The election of Barack Obama, in 2008, stands as the high-water mark for the achievement of a black male in the United States. Yet in that same year, black men earned only 71% of what white men earned. Such disparities are popularly attributed to deficiencies among American-born black men.

On February 28, 2011, the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy will conduct a detailed exploration of the low wages of black workers by examining the noncollege labor market, the wages of black immigrants, and the wages of black men in different occupations. The Program’s director, Algernon Austin, will moderate this forum, which will unveil the findings of two new studies that hold popular perceptions about blacks in the low-wage labor market up to vigorous analysis.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Registration begins at 9:45 am
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Economic Policy Institute
1333 H St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Refreshments will be served.

RSVP here

Featured Speakers:

Pamela J. Loprest, Urban Institute
Co-author of Working for Cents on the Dollar: Race and Ethnic Wage Gaps in the Noncollege Labor Market

Patrick L. Mason, Florida State University
Co-author of The Low Wages of Black Immigrants: Wage Penalties for U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born Black Workers

Darrick Hamilton, Milano: The New School for Management and Urban Policy
Co-author of Occupational Segregation and the Lower Wages of Black Men

RSVP here