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Wages and Employment of French Workers with African Origin

  • Romain Aeberhardt


  • Denis Fougère


  • Julien Pouget


  • Roland Rathelot


Our study proposes an econometric decomposition of the wage gap and of the difference inemployment probabilities between French workers whose both parents had French citizenshipat birth and French workers whose at least one parent had the citizenship of an Africancountry at birth. For that purpose, we use data coming from the Formation QualificationProfessionnelle (FQP) survey conducted by INSEE (Paris) in 2003. Our study is the firstto estimate both employment and wage differentials between “native” French workers andchildren of African migrants. We find that one half of the employment gap and one third ofthe wage gap is not explained by differences in observable covariates between the two groups.This result is obtained by using a new method yielding more precise results when the samplesize of the potentially discriminated group is small.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique in its series Working Papers with number 2007-36.

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Date of creation: 2007
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