A distributional analysis of the native-immigrant wage gap : the importance of employment discrimination

Sarkar, Dipanwita (2012) A distributional analysis of the native-immigrant wage gap : the importance of employment discrimination. In Ulubasoglu, Mehmet & Kidd, Michael P. (Eds.) ESAM2012 Conference program, Econometric Society Australasia, Melbourne, VIC.

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Abstract

It is well documented that immigrants earn less than natives in the United States, and various attempts have been made to determine whether these earnings differentials reflect underlying differences in skill or ethnic discrimination in the labor market. The earnings of immigrants and ethnic minorities is an extensively studied area focusing on the economic integration of immigrants (e.g., Chiswick (1978), Lalonde and Topel (1993), Borjas (1995)). Yet, the role of occupational segregation as a mechanism for discrimination is yet to be addressed (to our knowledge). Discrimination can be effective at either of two stages in the earnings process – in the assignment of earnings to people within occupational groups (henceforth referred to as wage discrimination) or in the allocation of people to occupations (henceforth referred to as employment discrimination). While it would be premature to attribute the underlying cause to discriminatory hiring policies of employers, it would be of social-political and economic interest to investigate the possibility.

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ID Code: 55428
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 23:33
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:21

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