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CSLS Speaker Series – “The Economic Costs of Segregation: Evidence from the Federal Government Under Wilson”

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 
Cosponsored with the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
are pleased to announce the first speaker in the Fall 2021 CSLS Speaker Series




Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley


Speaking on their research

“The Economic Costs of Segregation:
Evidence from the Federal Government Under Wilson”


We link personnel records of the federal civil service to census data for 1907-1921 to study the segregation of the civil service by race under President Woodrow Wilson. Using a difference-indifferences design to compare the black-white wage gap around Wilson’s presidential transition, we find that the introduction of employment segregation increased the black wage penalty by 7 percentage points. This gap increases over time and is driven by a reallocation of already-serving black civil servants to lower paid positions. Our results thus document significant costs borne by minorities during a unique episode of state-sanctioned discrimination.

Please join us on Monday, September 13 from 12:45-2:00p
Please register here for the Zoom link.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Catherine Albiston, Faculty Director

Pamela Erickson, Executive Director


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact csls@law.berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 10 days in advance of the event.


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Monday, September 13, 2021
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
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