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Explaining ethnic unemployment and activity rates: evidence from the QLFS in the 1990s and 2000s


  • Joanne Lindley


This article uses data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for 1992-95 and 2000-03 to examine changes in ethnic unemployment and economic activity. The intention was to compare the relatively high unemployment era of the 1990s with the lower unemployment era of the 2000s. Although the ethnic minority unemployment situation has improved, only half of the difference between white and non-white unemployment can be attributed to differences in observed characteristics. This suggests that a large unexplained discriminatory element still exists for most ethnic minorities. This has become larger for Pakistani/Bangladeshi men, implying a widening of the unexplained ethnic differential. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd and the Board of Trustees of the Bulletin of Economic Research, 2005.

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  • Joanne Lindley, 2005. "Explaining ethnic unemployment and activity rates: evidence from the QLFS in the 1990s and 2000s," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 57(2), pages 185-203, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:buecrs:v:57:y:2005:i:2:p:185-203

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    1. Colombo, Emilio & Tirelli, Patrizio & Visser, Jelle, 2014. "Reinterpreting social pacts: Theory and evidence," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 358-374.
    2. Cangiano, Alessio, 2008. "Employment support services and migrant integration in the UK labour market," HWWI Policy Papers 3-7, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

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    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers


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