January 22, 2022

Journal Article: “Racial Pay Gap: An Analysis of CARL Libraries”

The article linked below was recently published by C&RL (College & Research Libraries).


Racial Pay Gap: An Analysis of CARL Libraries


Yanli Li
Wilfrid Laurier University


Vol 82, No 3 (2021)
DOI: 10.5860/crl.82.3.436


Using data from the 8Rs CARL Libraries Practitioner Survey in 2014, this study assesses the impact of race on the earnings attainment process based on a sample of 392 CARL library practitioners. It determines that there is a significant salary disparity between visible minorities and nonvisible minorities. Racial differences in job characteristics account for a larger portion of the explained racial salary gap than individual and labor market characteristics. The effect of race on salary is shown to be weaker for librarians than for support staff.

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