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Income Inequality and Minority Labor Market Dynamics: Medium Term Effects from the Great Recession

Using a difference-in-differences framework we evaluate the effect that exposure to a bank failure in the Great Recession period had on income inequality. We find that it led to a 1% higher Gini, relative rise of 38 cents for high earners, and 7% decline for lowest earners in treated MSAs. Moreover, we show that blacks saw a decline of 10.2%, Hispanics 9.8%, and whites 5.1% in income. Low income blacks and Hispanics drove much of the effect on inequality.

15. Februar 2021

Autoren Salvador Contreras Amit Ghosh Iftekhar Hasan

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