Measuring racial inequalities in the labor market.

Vol. 31 No. 2 (2011)

Apr-Jun / 2011
Published April 1, 2011
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How to Cite

Chadarevian, Pedro C. 2011. “Measuring Racial Inequalities in the Labor Market.”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 31 (2):283-304.

Measuring racial inequalities in the labor market.

Pedro C. Chadarevian
Doutor em Economia pela Universidade de Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle, professor do curso de Economia da Universidade Federal de São Carlos (Campus Sorocaba).
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 31 No. 2 (2011), Apr-Jun / 2011, Pages 283-304


How much racial inequality is there in Brazilian labor market? What has been the impact of the latest transformations in work relations on it? Can we compare the Brazilian situation to other countries? These questions don't have today an objective answer. This is due, mostly, to the absence of measures which could allow us to make long term and regional comparisons of different racial inequalities situations. Our proposal is to provide new indicators to evaluate racial inequalities in both the occupational and income structure in Brazil. Our results show that whites/non-whites gaps widened since the 1980's. They allow us to affirm, in addition, that racial inequalities are today worst in Brazil than in countries that adopted affirmative action laws to fight discrimination.

JEL Classification: I32; J71.

Keywords: racial inequalities social‑economic measures labor market