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Will I See You at Work? Ethnic Workplace Segregation in Sweden, 1985-2002

Posted: 24 Jun 2010  

Olof Aslund

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Oskar Nordstrom Skans

IFAU - Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 1, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Aslund, Olof and Nordstrom Skans, Oskar, Will I See You at Work? Ethnic Workplace Segregation in Sweden, 1985-2002 (April 1, 2010). Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1629779

Olof Aslund (Contact Author)

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation ( email )

Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden
+46 18 471 70 89 (Phone)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Oskar Nordstrom Skans

IFAU - Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation ( email )

Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden
+46 18 471 70 79 (Phone)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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