BPEA | 1980 No. 2

Changes in Employment Prospects for Black Males

1980, No. 2

Two general assessments of black economic progress prevail in the
United States today. Prominent economic studies emphasize a converging
trend in the earnings of blacks and of whites. Among these studies,
Richard Freeman’s description of a “virtual collapse in traditional discriminatory
patterns in the labor market” makes the point most sharply.
James Smith and Finis Welch, although more cautious, reach a similar