More on the Importance of Racially-Segregated Networks to Explain Labor Market Inequality

NPR's Tell Me More discusses the findings of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. This book joins Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs in showing that social networks are a key mechanism by which low-income and less-educated whites find jobs. Similar blacks are largely excluded from these networks, and, thus, they do poorly in the labor market.

From the description of The Long Shadow: "white men in the study, despite attaining less education on average, were more likely to be employed than any other group due to family connections and long-standing racial biases in Baltimore’s industrial economy."