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Are Asian Migrants Discriminated Against In The Labor Market? A Case Study Of Australia

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  • P. N. JUNANKAR

    (School of Economics and Finance, Parramatta Campus, Room # EDG 136, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australia)

  • SATYA PAUL

    ()
    (School of Economics and Finance, Parramatta Campus, Room # EDG 136, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australia)

  • WAHIDA YASMEEN

    (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada)

Abstract

This paper explores the issue of discrimination against Asian migrants relative to their non-Asian counterparts in the Australian labour market. A unique and consistent data set from three waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia (LSIA, 1993–95) is used to estimate probit models of the probability of being unemployed separately for males and females of Asian and non-Asian origins. The unemployment probability gap between the two migrant groups is decomposed into two components, the first associated with differences in their human capital and other demographic characteristics, and the second with differences in their impacts (called discrimination). The results provide an evidence of discrimination against Asian male migrants in all three waves. Discrimination against Asian females is detected only in the first wave. The Asian females who are professionals and can speak English 'well' are rather favoured relative to their non-Asian counterparts. Thus, the empirical evidence on discrimination against migrants of Asian origin is mixed.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal The Singapore Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 55 (2010)
Issue (Month): 04 ()
Pages: 619-646

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:55:y:2010:i:04:p:619-646

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Keywords: Asian migrants; discrimination; unemployment probability; labor market; J7; J61; J64; J31;

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Cited by:
  1. Stephane Mahuteau & P.N.(Raja) Junankar, 2004. "Do Migrants get Good Jobs? New Migrant Settlement in Australia," Econometric Society 2004 Australasian Meetings 150, Econometric Society.
  2. Jawad Syed & Edwina Pio, 2010. "Veiled diversity? Workplace experiences of Muslim women in Australia," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 115-137, March.
  3. Denise Doiron & Rochelle Guttmann, 2009. "Wealth Distributions of Migrant and Australian-born Households," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 85(268), pages 32-45, 03.

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