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Race for Results in Michigan
Presented to
Opportunity & Equity 2014
May 5, 2014
Charles L. Ballard
Department of Economics...
In most parts of the country, the
increase in income inequality was
NOT spread evenly through the
income distribution:
The...
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United States.
Michigan, My Michigan
A song to thee, fair State of mine,
Michigan, my Michigan.
But greater song than this is thine,
Mich...
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Opportunity & Equity 2014: Dr. Charles Ballard

  1. 1. Race for Results in Michigan Presented to Opportunity & Equity 2014 May 5, 2014 Charles L. Ballard Department of Economics Michigan State University East Lansing, MI ballard@msu.edu
  2. 2. In most parts of the country, the increase in income inequality was NOT spread evenly through the income distribution: The top pulled away from the middle, but the middle did not pull away from the bottom.
  3. 3. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 PercentChange Percentile of the Household Income Distribution Percent Change in Inflation-Adjusted Income from 1976-78 to 2006-08, For Households at Selected Points in the Income Distribution, For Michigan, Ohio, and the United States Michigan Ohio United States
  4. 4. The pace of disequalization was fastest in the highly educated Northeast, but most of the country experienced a substantial increase in inequality. Some notable exceptions occurred in the South, where improved education (especially for African Americans) has helped even those near the bottom.
  5. 5. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 PercentChange Percentile of the Household Income Distribution Percent Change in Inflation Adjusted Income from 1976-78 to 2006-08, For Households at Selected Points in the Income Distribution, For Georgia and the United States United States Georgia
  6. 6. For the U.S. as a whole, the earnings gap between black and white men has decreased very slightly in the last 35 years, but the gap for women has increased.
  7. 7. 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 1967 1971 1975 1979 1983 1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2011 Percent Year Median Labor-Market Earnings for Blacks, As Percent of Median Earnings for Whites, For Full-Time Year-Round Workers In the United States, 1967-2011 Women Men
  8. 8. 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 Percent Years Median Earnings for Black Men, As Percent of Median Earnings for White Men, for Michigan and Georgia, for Five-Year Averages, 1976-2008 Michigan Georgia
  9. 9. The Detroit metropolitan area is more racially segregated than any other major area in the United States.
  10. 10. Michigan, My Michigan A song to thee, fair State of mine, Michigan, my Michigan. But greater song than this is thine, Michigan, my Michigan. The whisper of the forest tree, The thunder of the inland sea, Unite in one grand symphony Of Michigan, my Michigan.

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