Race, sex, and economic returns to education Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reviews the prevailing theories accounting for the pronounced differentials in economic attainment by race and sex, giving particular attention to the role of race and sex differences in educational attainments in explaining these differentials. It finds that discrimination in the labor market continues to be a major factor in generating race and sex differentials in economic attainment, and argues that continued government intervention in the labor market is necessary to insure equality of economic opportunity for blacks and women. A redoubling of government efforts in this area is urged since the early 1980s, like the late 1970s, looks to be a period where further economic advances by blacks and women will be difficult to achieve. © 1982.

published proceedings

  • Children and Youth Services Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Fossett, M., & Galle, O. R

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Fossett, Mark||Galle, Omer R

publication date

  • January 1982