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Job Contact Networks and the Ethnic Minorities

  • Harminder Battu

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    (Department of Economics and Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR))

  • Paul Seaman

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    (Department of Economic Studies, University of Dundee)

  • Yves Zenou

    ()

    (Stockholm University, IFN, and CREAM)

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 Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London in its series CReAM Discussion Paper Series with number 1028.

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