The Black and white differential in income and consumption dynamics

Open Access       

Authors: Giacomo De Giorgi, Luca Gambetti and Constanza Naguib

The Journal of Economic Inequality, February, 2024

With 20 years of PSID data, we document persistent racial differentials in consumption dynamics. Starting from similar positions in the consumption distribution Blacks end up in lower percentiles than Whites. Education, income, and wealth are three key drivers of these different dynamics. Blacks tend to save less, and hence have less buffer than the Whites to prevent them from falling in the lower part of the consumption distribution.