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Electoral, Racial Wage and Economic Gaps

Another edition of the State of the State Podcast delivered via Zoom as Michigan State University's campus learns remotely and works from home to flatten the spread of COVID-19, the infection resulting from the pandemic novel coronavirus. In this edition, IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, Economics Professor Charles Ballard and Associate IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld lead off the discussion with guest John Goddeeris, MSU professor of economics.

Dr. Ballard and Goodeeris have produced a richly detailed research paper on the distance between the wages of African American and white workers -- larger in the Great Lakes Region than in other regions and largest in the state of Michigan. Despite some progress, the racial wage gap appears to be widening. What can resolve these disparities? See a presentation of the research in another IPPSR training program. See the original research paper.

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