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Ethnic differences in women's employment: the changing role of qualifications

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  • Joanne K. Lindley
  • Angela Dale
  • Shirley Dex

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We pool eight spring QLFS quarters for 1992--5 and 2000--3 to examine female employment changes by ethnic group. We find that employment has significantly increased for all women except Black Caribbean-Other women. We show that qualifications have played an increasingly important role and there has been further polarization between the employment of women with a degree compared to those without. This is especially large for Pakistani-Bangladeshi women. Our decomposition analysis shows that decomposing White-Non-White mean employment differences demonstrates an increase in the unexplained discriminatory component for most ethnic groups. Hence differences in White and Non-White characteristics explain less of the 2000--3 employment differential than in 1993--5. Furthermore, significant unexplained ethnic penalties of up to 60% still exist for South Asian women. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • Joanne K. Lindley & Angela Dale & Shirley Dex, 2006. "Ethnic differences in women's employment: the changing role of qualifications," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 58(2), pages 351-378, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:58:y:2006:i:2:p:351-378
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    1. Christian Dustmann & Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, 2010. "Ethnic minority immigrants and their children in Britain," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 62(2), pages 209-233, April.
    2. Miranda, Alfonso & Zhu, Yu, 2013. "The Causal Effect of Deficiency at English on Female Immigrants' Labor Market Outcomes in the UK," IZA Discussion Papers 7841, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Núria Rodríguez-Planas & Raquel Vegas, 2011. "Moroccans' Assimilation In Spain: Family-Based Versus Labor-Based Migration," Middle East Development Journal (MEDJ), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 3(02), pages 119-139.
    4. Alice Goisis & Wendy Sigle-Rushton, 2014. "Childbearing Postponement and Child Well-being: A Complex and Varied Relationship?," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 51(5), pages 1821-1841, October.

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