Can an Ethnic Group Climb Up from the Bottom of the Ladder?

29 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Erez Siniver

College of Management (Israel)

Date Written: October 6, 2012

Abstract

Studies in the US have shown that black immigrants have remained at the bottom of the wage ladder and that other groups of immigrants have overtaken them over time. The goal of this research is to determine whether a specific group of immigrants can displace a group at the bottom of the ladder. We use Israeli data to compare two ethnic groups: Israeli Arabs and Ethiopian immigrants. Israeli Arabs were considered to be the least successful ethnic group in the Israeli labor market until they were displaced by the Ethiopian immigrants. The results of our analysis show that an ethnic group at the bottom of the wage ladder can be replaced by another.

Keywords: wage differences, immigrants

JEL Classification: J15, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Siniver, Erez, Can an Ethnic Group Climb Up from the Bottom of the Ladder? (October 6, 2012). IZA Discussion Paper No. 6796. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157938

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Erez Siniver

College of Management (Israel)

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