Starting the Same... Finishing the Same? Race, Occupational Origins, and Mobility Into Managerial Positions

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Data from the 1994-2001 waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics are used to examine the theory of "disparate occupational effects," which maintains that among men there are race-specific incidence and determinants of intragenerational mobility from the same occupational origins into managerial positions. Findings support theory: Across both occupational origins considered, lower white collar and blue collar, the two minority groups considered, African Americans and Latinos-relative to Whites-are handicapped along both issues. Specifically, both minority groups suffer from a lower incidence of mobility into managerial slots and attain them in a more narrow and restrictive manner then Whites. Furthermore, the racial gap between Whites and minorities support a qualification to this general finding: Racial differences in the incidence and determinants are greater from those originating at blue collar than lower white collar slots. Implications of the findings for identifying racial inequality in the dynamics of mobility into management positions and advancing theoretical development in racial stratification are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-695
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2012


  • mobility
  • occupation
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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