Will I See You at Work? Ethnic Workplace Segregation in Sweden, 1985-2002
IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Oskar Nordstrom Skans
IFAU - Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
April 1, 2010
Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2010
Using linked employer-employee data covering the entire working-age Swedish population between 1985 and 2002, the authors present evidence of substantial and increasing ethnic workplace segregation. Immigrants have been especially subject to segregation, being overexposed both to workers from their own birth region and to immigrants from other regions. Segregation is generally negatively correlated with economic status: groups with low employment rates are more segregated from natives; groups with many immigrant colleagues earn less than those more native colleagues; and the higher the number of immigrants to which individuals are exposed, the lower their wages. Though the degree and nature of segregation varies substantially across ethnic groups, the patterns are quite persistent over time.
Keywords: Workplace Segregation, Immigrants, Labor Market Segmentation
JEL Classification: J61, J42
Date posted: June 24, 2010
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