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Ethnicity, Job Search and Labor Market Reintegration of the Unemployed

  • Constant, Amelie F.


    (George Washington University, Temple University)

  • Kahanec, Martin


    (Central European University)

  • Rinne, Ulf



  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.


    (IZA and University of Bonn)

This paper is based on recently collected and rich survey data of a representative sample of entrants into unemployment in Germany. Our data include a large number of migration variables, allowing us to adapt a recently developed concept of ethnic identity: the ethnosizer. To shed further light on the native-migrant differences in economic outcomes, we investigate the labor market reintegration, patterns of job search, and reservation wages across unemployed migrants and natives in Germany. Our results indicate that separated migrants have a relatively slow reintegration into the labor market. We explain this finding by arguing that this group exerts a relatively low search effort and that it has reservation wages which are moderate, yet still above the level which would imply similar employment probabilities as other groups of migrants.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4660.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Publication status: published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2011, 32 (7), 753-776 [final version] [journal version]
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4660
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