Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/182575
Authors: 
Croucher, Richard
Ramakrishnan, Sumeetra
Rizov, Marian
Benzinger, Diana
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] Economic and Industrial Democracy [ISSN:] 1461-7099 [Volume:] 39 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 109-130
Abstract: 
We investigate how ethnicity, gender and other characteristics affect low-paid workers’ perceptions of their employability in London’s labour market, examining self-efficacy, ethnic and dual labour market theories. We find that perceptions vary considerably, both between genders and ethnicities and in the extent to which they are ‘justified’ by human capital attributes. Optimism varies between genders and ethnic groups but individuals’ perceptions vary to an even greater extent within genders and ethnic groups. Hence, individual-level ‘self-determination’ explanations of these perceptions appear to have greatest explanatory power in this specific context though ethnic theories also have utility.
Subjects: 
Diversity
dual labour market
employability
human capital
labour economy
JEL: 
J15
J17
J24
J28
J71
J82
Published Version’s DOI: 
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Manuscript Version (Preprint)

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