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Measuring conditional segregation: methods and empirical examples

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  • Åslund, Olof

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    (IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

  • Nordström Skans, Oskar

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    (IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

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In empirical studies of segregation it is often desirable to quantify segregation that cannot be explained by underlying characteristics. To this end, we propose a fully non-parametric method for accounting for covariates in any measure of segregation. The basic idea is that given a set of discrete characteristics, there is a certain probability that a person belongs to a particular group, which can be used to compute an expected level of segregation. We also demonstrate that a modified index of exposure has both favorable analytical features and interpre-tational advantages in such settings. The methods are illustrated by an applica-tion to ethnic workplace segregation in Sweden. We also show how one can use a measure of exposure to study the earnings consequences of segregation stemming from different sources.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2005:12.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 19 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2005_012

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Keywords: Exposure; covariates; ethnic workplace segregation;

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Cited by:
  1. Monica I. Garcia-Perez & Fredrik Andersson & John Haltiwanger & Fredrik Kristin McCue & Seth Sanders, 2011. "Workplace Concentration of Immigrants," Working Papers 2011-20, Saint Cloud State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Olof Åslund & Oskar Nordström Skans, 2009. "How to measure segregation conditional on the distribution of covariates," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 22(4), pages 971-981, October.

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