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The heterogeneity of ethnic employment gaps

Romain Aeberhardt, Elise Coudin and Roland Rathelot
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Journal of Population Economics, 2017, vol. 30, issue 1, No 14, 307-337

Abstract: Abstract This paper investigates the heterogeneity of ethnic employment gaps using a new single-index based approach. Instead of stratifying our sample by age or education, we study ethnic employment gaps along a continuous measure of employability, the employment probability minority workers would have if their characteristics were priced as in the majority group. We apply this method to French males, comparing those whose parents are North African immigrants and those with native parents. We find that both the raw and the unexplained ethnic employment differentials are larger for low-employability workers than for high-employability ones. We show in a theoretical framework that this heterogeneity can be accounted for by homogeneous underlying mechanisms and is not evidence for, say, heterogeneous discrimination. Finally, we discuss our main empirical findings in the light of simple taste-based vs. statistical discrimination models.

Keywords: Discrimination; Employment differentials; Decomposition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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