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The distribution of discrimination in immigrant earnings - evidence from Britain 1974-1993

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  • Kevin Denny

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College Dublin)

  • Colm Harmon
  • Maurice Roche

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This paper uses the General Household Survey data for the UK to study earnings discrimination between natives and migrants. The key result is that the main source of discrimination is ethnicity rather than migrant status per se. This paper differs from the conventional focus in studies of earnings discrimination, which focus on mean wage differences. In contrast we study the entire distribution of the wage gap, and incorporate distributionally sensitive measures of the wage gap reflecting different levels of aversion to discrimination. Our results are consistent with previous studies for the UK that find that non-white immigrants are the most widely discriminated in terms of their labour market returns. Moreover this discrimination on the basis of colour is also present in the sub-sample of natives.

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Paper provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series IFS Working Papers with number W97/19.

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Length: 21 pp.
Date of creation: Aug 1997
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Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:97/19

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  1. Coral Río & Carlos Gradín & Olga Cantó, 2011. "The measurement of gender wage discrimination: the distributional approach revisited," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 57-86, March.
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  3. Priscillia Hunt, 2012. "From the bottom to the top: a more complete picture of the immigrant-native wage gap in Britain," IZA Journal of Migration, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 1-18, December.
  4. Bodvarsson, Orn & Sessions, John, 2010. "Nationality Discrimination in the Labor Market : Theory and Test," Department of Economics Working Papers 19997, University of Bath, Department of Economics.

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