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Race discrimination and population composition: identifying the effects of population composition on labour market outcomes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Racial economic disparities persist in many Western countries despite race discrimination being illegal. Are these disparities a result of wage discrimination? If so, what are the mechanisms through which wage discrimination operates? This is an area of research where there are important ongoing controversies in labour economics. This project will empirically investigate these questions in the context of US cities. Specifically, the project will exploit the large number of US metropolitan areas, their differences in terms of population composition and racial prejudices, to identify the effects of changing population composition on labour market outcomes over the last five decades. Different theories of wage discrimination predict different effects of changing population composition, so this project will make significant contributions to the theoretical as well as the empirical understanding of wage discrimination. Good micro-econometrics foundations are essential. Background in labour economics is helpful but not essential. Contact proposer for further details.

There are no governance/ethical issues as all the data are secondary.

This is a highly topical research question in an area with important ongoing controversies.


Beaudry, Paul, David A. Green, and Ben M. Sand. 2018. “In Search of Labor Demand”, American Economic Review, Vol. 108 No. 9, pp. 2714–2757.

Mergoupis, Thanos and Shasi Nandeibam. 2014. “Wage Discrimination and Population Composition in the Long Run”, Economics Letters, Vol. 122, No. 3, 445-451

Funding Notes

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First or high Upper Second Class UK Honours degree (or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK) in a relevant subject. Applicants applying for a +3 award should hold, or expect to receive, a relevant Master’s level qualification.
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