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Ethnic differences in women's employment: the changing role of qualifications

Lindley, Joanne and Dale, Angela and Dex, Shirley (2006) Ethnic differences in women's employment: the changing role of qualifications. Oxford Economic Papers, 58 (2). pp. 351-378. ISSN 0030-7653. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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We pool eight Spring QLFS quarters for 1992-1995 and 2000-2003 to examine female employment changes by ethnic group. We find that employment has significantly increased for all women except Black Caribbean/Other women. We show that qualifications have played an increasingly important role and there has been increased polarisation between the employment of women with a degree compared to those without. This is especially large for Pakistani/Bangladeshi women. Our decomposition analysis shows that employment changes between the early 1990s and the 2000s are mainly a consequence of changes in characteristics. However, decomposing white/non-white mean employment differences demonstrates a fall in the unexplained discriminatory component for most ethnic groups. Hence differences in white and non-white characteristics explain more of the 2000-3 employment differential than in 1993-5. Furthermore, significant unexplained ethnic penalties of up to 50 percent still exist for South Asian women.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Qualifications; discrimination; employment; non-whites
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Centre for Longitudinal Studies
IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 15:07
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:08
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