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Immigrant Wage Differentials, Ethnicity and Occupational Clustering


  • Robert Elliott
  • Joanne Kathryn Lindley

    () (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)


The economic performance and a related discussion on the existence, or otherwise, of racial discrimination in the UK labour market for migrants and ethnic minorities are of great interest to policymakers. In this paper we investigate the concept of occupational clustering as an explanation for the relatively poor earnings performance of non-white migrants and non-white natives. Although occupational clustering and other human capital and socio-economic factors provide a partial explanation for the raw earnings differential, evidence of ethnic based disadvantage persists.

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  • Robert Elliott & Joanne Kathryn Lindley, 2006. "Immigrant Wage Differentials, Ethnicity and Occupational Clustering," Working Papers 2006008, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised May 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2006008

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    Discrimination; earnings; occupation.;

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    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination

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