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Who Gets the Good Jobs?: Combating Race and Gender Disparities Paperback – July 1, 2001
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The political agenda regarding this issue is polarized. Many conservative economists claim that financial considerations have led businesses to hire minorities because such practices increase profits. In opposition, many liberal economists believe businesses will hire minorities only if forced to do so by equal employment opportunity policies. Robert Cherry bridges these two positions, arguing that there is some truth to the positive effect of the profit motive, but that market forces alone are not enough to eliminate employment and earnings disparities.
Cherry surveys the political and economic forces that influenced labor market practices in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the employment barriers African Americans, women, and immigrants encountered. He then assesses the effects of 1960s civil rights legislation and finds that improvements have been substantial, primarily for college-educated African Americans and women; therefore, he recommends that equal employment opportunity policies be strengthened. Cherry demonstrates how the promotion of full employment can further the advancement of working-class African Americans and women.
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I recommend this book highly--for students and for social scientists both in and outside the field. Bob Cherry is a strong scholar, and he's written an important, accessible, substantial book.
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It's a pity the title suggests a self-help book on tacking the job market. _Who Gets the Good Jobs_ is a very readable, well-documented discussion of what we all know--that... Read morePublished on December 6, 2002 by H. Baber
Cherry's book challenges both the left and right to rethink our approaches to reducing racial and gender disparities. Read morePublished on December 1, 2002 by Cecilia A. Conrad