Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics,
Stockholm University, Department of Economics

No 2010:21: Job Contact Networks and the Ethnic Minorities

Harminder Battu (), Paul Seaman () and Yves Zenou Zenou
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Harminder Battu: University of Aberdeen, Postal: Department of Economics and Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR),, University of Aberdeen, EdwardWright Building, Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen AB24 3QY,, UK
Paul Seaman: University of Dundee, Postal: Department of Economic Studies, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN,, UK
Yves Zenou Zenou: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden, IFN and CEPR

Abstract: Using data from the UK Quarterly Labour 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.

Keywords: Job search; networks; social capital; ethnic disadvantage

JEL-codes: J15; J64

29 pages, November 8, 2010

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