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The heterogeneity of ethnic employment gaps

Romain Aeberhardt, Elise Coudin and Roland Rathelot

No 1610, CReAM Discussion Paper Series from Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London

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)
JEL-codes: C14 C25 J70 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem and nep-lma
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