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Diane J. Macunovich

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226500836

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500928.001.0001

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Patterns of Male Relative Income over the Years

Patterns of Male Relative Income over the Years

(p.81) 4 Patterns of Male Relative Income over the Years
Birth Quake

Diane J. Macunovich

University of Chicago Press

This chapter deals with the description of trends in male relative income in the United States. It specifically illustrates the trends over the past thirty-five years for white and African American young men. Although the magnitude of the change in relative income differs, there have been strong underlying similarities among groups over the past three decades: a virtually continuous fall from 1970 to 1985 with a rally between 1985 and 1989, followed by another dip from 1990 through 1994, and then another rally. The male relative income was as high as 1.10 in the mid-1950s but then dropped to about 0.75 by the mid-1980s, with the same “humped” pattern of recovery thereafter. Despite the strong overall similarity among the trends in all groups, there have been significant variations—in the strength of the rebound in relative income in the late 1980s: the characteristic “hump.”

Keywords:   male relative income, white young men, African American men, hump, recovery, United States

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