Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81196
Authors: 
Battu, Harminder
Seaman, Paul
Zenou, Yves
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IUI Working Paper 628
Abstract: 
This paper examines the job finding methods of different ethnic groups in the UK. The theoretical framework shows that less assimilated ethnic unemployed workers are more likely to use their friends and family as their main method of search but they have less chance of finding a job using this method compared to whites and more assimilated ethnic unemployed workers that use formal job search methods (adverts, employment agencies etc.). Using data from the UK Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), we test these hypotheses. Our empirical findings are consistent with the theory since they suggest that, though networks are a popular method of finding a job for the ethnic minorities, 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 important differences across ethnic groups with the Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups and those born outside the UK (the least assimilated), losing out disproportionately from using personal networks.
Subjects: 
Job Search
Networks
Social Capital
Ethnic Disadvantage
JEL: 
J15
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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