An Analysis of the Determinants of Occupational Upgrading by Duane E. Leigh

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T o p e r m i t m o r e statisti­ cally r e l i a b l e estimates for blacks, h o w e v e r , the s a m p l i n g ratio in p r e d o m i n a n t l y black n e i g h b o r h o o d s w a s three to four times as h i g h as in w h i t e areas. ^ U s e d h e r e are the t w o N L S m a l e cohorts: y o u n g m e n a g e d 14 to 24 in 1966 and mature m e n a g e d 45 to 59 in 1966. A t the inception o f the present study, data w e r e a v a i l a b l e o v e r the 3 years in the inter^ For further discussion of the N L S samples, see Pames (1975).

A s is the case w i t h the other t w o studies, h o w e v e r , they find that y o u n g w h i t e s and blacks w i t h e q u a l en­ d o w m e n t s e n j o y e d q u i t e e x t e n s i v e m o b i l i t y up the occupational structure during the 1960s. T h e impression left b y all three analyses is that institutional forces are not so important as to significantly restrict the upgrading opportunities o f most workers, i r r e s p e c t i v e o f skin color. T h e e v i d e n c e on w o r k e r m o b i l i t y appears, in other words, to make one skeptical about the v a l u e o f a strict i n t e φ Γ e t a tion o f the dual hypothesis as a g u i d e to e x p l a i n i n g labor market processes.

T h e longitudinal aspect o f the 1/1000 s a m p l e c o m e s about because in the 5% Census questionnaires, respondents w e r e asked to identify their occupation, industry, and state o f resi­ d e n c e 5 years earlier. Information is thus p r o v i d e d for each respon­ dent that a l l o w s m e a s u r e m e n t o f c h a n g e in occupational and indus­ trial status and in p l a c e o f r e s i d e n c e o v e r the 5-year p e r i o d b e t w e e n 1965 and 1970. T h e 5% s a m p l e also p r o v i d e s data on vocational training—information not a v a i l a b l e prior to the 1970 Census.

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