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How Do Employees of Ethnic Origin Fare on the Occupational Ladder in Britain?

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This paper is concerned with inter-group differences in the chances of being in different occupational classes. In particular, it focuses on Indian and on Black-Caribbean men, in Britain, who were in full-time employment. It asks: how much of the relative lack of occupational success experienced by Indians and Black-Caribbean men can be explained by ethnic disadvantage and how much by the fact that they have the wrong worker attributes? It develops a decomposition methodology for answering this question within the context of discrete choice models with more than two alternatives, and it applies this methodology to microdata from the 1991 Census for Britain. Copyright 2001 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Borooah, Vani K, 2001. "How Do Employees of Ethnic Origin Fare on the Occupational Ladder in Britain?," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 48(1), pages 1-26, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:48:y:2001:i:1:p:1-26
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    1. Borooah, Vani K. & Dineen, Donal A. & Lynch, Nicola, 2009. "Language and Occupational Status: Linguistic Elitism in the Irish Labour Market," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 40(4), pages 435-460.
    2. A Aggarwal & R Freguglia & G Johnes & G Spricigo, 2011. "Education and labour market outcomes : evidence from India," Working Papers 615663, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
    3. repec:lan:wpaper:4356 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. repec:lan:wpaper:4355 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Borooah, Vani & Dubey, Amaresh & Iyer, Sriya, 2007. "The Effectiveness of Jobs Reservation: Caste, Religion, and Economic Status in India," MPRA Paper 19421, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Ham, Roger & Junankar, Pramod N. (Raja) & Wells, Robert, 2009. "Occupational Choice: Personality Matters," IZA Discussion Papers 4105, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    7. Sayema H. Bidisha, "undated". "Labour Market Experience of Male Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the UK," Discussion Papers 09/08, University of Nottingham, School of Economics.

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