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Job Contact Networks and the Ethnic Minorities

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  • Battu, Harminder

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    (University of Aberdeen)

  • Seaman, Paul

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    (University of Dundee)

  • Zenou, Yves Zenou

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

Abstract

Using data from the UK Quarterly Labour Force Survey, this paper examines the job finding methods of different ethnic groups in the UK. Our empirical findings suggest that, though personal networks are a popular method of finding a job for the ethnic minorities, the foreign born and those who identify themselves as non-British, they are not necessarily the most effective either in terms of gaining employment or in terms of the level of job achieved. However, there are some important differences across ethnic groups with some groups losing out disproportionately from using personal networks.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2010:21.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 08 Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2010_0021

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Keywords: Job search; networks; social capital; ethnic disadvantage;

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