Creative Destruction

January 27, 2007

Study: Skin Tone A Factor In Salary

Filed under: Economics,Immigration,Race and Racism — Robert @ 1:04 pm

A Vanderbilt University study sez that skin tone appears to be operative as an independent factor in salaries received by immigrant workers.

The study compared 2,087 immigrants to the United States, and the author claims that ”On average, being one shade lighter has about the same effect as having an additional year of education.” The differences between the lightest and darkest skinned immigrants of similar backgrounds was between 8 and 15 percent.

Discuss.

1 Comment »

  1. How suprising. I suppose the sky continues to be blue and men continue to make more than women too. I can’t work up the outrage I should over this finding because it is so unexpected. My hope is that some day there may be enough racial equality in the world for me to be suprised and outraged by such things.

    Comment by Dianne — January 27, 2007 @ 7:19 pm | Reply


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