Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35846
Authors: 
Pendakur, Krishna
Woodcock, Simon
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4626
Abstract: 
We investigate whether immigrant and minority workers' poor access to high-wage jobs - that is, glass ceilings - is attributable to poor access to jobs in high-wage firms, a phenomenon we call glass doors. Our analysis uses linked employer-employee data to measure mean- and quantile-wage differentials of immigrants and ethnic minorities, both within and across firms. We find that glass ceilings exist for some immigrant groups, and that they are driven in large measure by glass doors. For some immigrant groups, the sorting of these workers across firms accounts for as much as half of the economy-wide wage disparity they face.
Subjects: 
Glass ceilings
wage differentials
immigration
visible minorities
quantile regression
linked employer-employee data
JEL: 
J15
J71
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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