Monetary policy and the racial wage gap

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This paper aims to clarify the relationship between monetary policy shocks and wage inequality. We emphasize the relevance of within- and between-wage-group inequalities in explaining total wage inequality in the USA. Relying on the quarterly data for the period 2000–2020, our analysis shows that racial disparities explain 12% of observed total wage inequality. Subsequently, we examine the role of monetary policy in wage inequality. We do not find compelling evidence that shows that monetary policy plays a role in exacerbating the racial wage gap. However, there is evidence that accommodative monetary policy plays a role in magnifying between-group wage inequalities but the impact occurs after 2008.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3045-3059
Number of pages15
JournalEmpirical Economics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Decomposition
  • Inequality
  • Monetary policy


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