Unemployment, Ethnic Minorities and Discrimination
Title: Unemployment, Ethnic Minorities and Discrimination
Series/Report no.: EUI RSC; 1997/26
Using a sample of around one million observations, formed by combining two micro datasets from the 1991 Census of Population, the paper explores male and female unemployment differences across Britain's ethnic minorities. The large sample size allows a detailed multivariate analysis of females for the first time. Unemployment differences are not simply the result of characteristic differences or discrimination by the white majority. High rates of unemployment for migrant workers are typical of the EU, so the methods of the paper should be of general interest. Of particular interest is the comparison between UK born and foreign born ethnic minorities. Unemployment rates among the former tend to be considerably higher, but this is accounted for by characteristic differences. Thus there is no evidence that the UK born are doing worse, as the raw data suggests, but they do not seem to becoming better assimilated either.
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