The Plight of Mixed-Race Adolescents

Citation

Fryer, Roland G.; Kahn, Lisa; Levitt, Steven D.; & Spenkuch, Jörg L. (2012). The Plight of Mixed-Race Adolescents. Review of Economics and Statistics. vol. 94 (3) pp. 621-634

Abstract

Abstract Since 1970, the fraction of mixed-race black-white births has increased nearly ninefold. This paper describes basic facts about the behaviors and outcomes of black-white mixed-race individuals. Unsurprisingly, on a host of background and achievement characteristics, as well as adult outcomes, mixed-race individuals fall in between whites and blacks. When it comes to engaging in risky and antisocial adolescent behavior, however, mixed-race adolescents are stark outliers compared to both blacks and whites. We argue that these behavioral patterns are most consistent with a two-sector Roy model, in which mixed-race adolescents, not having a predetermined peer group, engage in more risky behaviors in order to be accepted.
Since 1970, the fraction of mixed-race black-white births has increased nearly ninefold. This paper describes basic facts about the behaviors and outcomes of black-white mixed-race individuals. Unsurprisingly, on a host of background and achievement characteristics, as well as adult outcomes, mixed-race individuals fall in between whites and blacks. When it comes to engaging in risky and antisocial adolescent behavior, however, mixed-race adolescents are stark outliers compared to both blacks and whites. We argue that these behavioral patterns are most consistent with a two-sector Roy model, in which mixed-race adolescents, not having a predetermined peer group, engage in more risky behaviors in order to be accepted.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00252

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Review of Economics and Statistics

Author(s)

Fryer, Roland G.
Kahn, Lisa
Levitt, Steven D.
Spenkuch, Jörg L.

Year Published

2012

Volume Number

94

Issue Number

3

Pages

621-634

DOI

10.1162/REST_a_00252

Reference ID

4934