Only Spot a Few Blacks the Higher I Go: Occupational Segregation and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published: 2023
Project ID: UM23-Q4


This project will examine whether there exists a link between occupational segregation by race and labor market outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will estimate the extent to which workers who were employed in occupations with higher concentrations of Black workers were more likely to indicate a change in employer, a change in hours employed, or a change in earnings during the pandemic. Considering that short-term unemployment, long-term unemployment, or a reduction in earnings can affect future Social Security payments, racial differences in labor market outcomes are directly related to SSA programs and may have lasting impacts on individuals during older ages.


Jhacova Williams