Job contact networks and the ethnic minorities

Harminder Battu, Paul Seaman, Yves Zenou

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    Abstract

    Using data from the UK Quarterly Labor 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. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)48-56
    Number of pages9
    JournalLabour Economics
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

    Keywords

    • Job search
    • Networks
    • Social capital
    • Ethnic disadvantage
    • LABOR-MARKET OUTCOMES
    • SOCIAL NETWORKS
    • SEARCH METHODS
    • OPPOSITIONAL IDENTITIES
    • UNEMPLOYMENT
    • IMMIGRANTS
    • EMPLOYMENT
    • BRITAIN
    • YOUTH
    • MOUTH

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