Immigrant Job Search in the UK: Evidence from Panel Data

30 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2003

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Paul Frijters

Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance

Michael A. Shields

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stephen Wheatley Price

University of Leicester - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: October 2003

Abstract

Most immigrant groups experience higher rates of unemployment than the host countries native population, but it is as yet unclear whether differences in job search behaviour, or its success, can help explain this gap. In this paper, we investigate how the job search methods of unemployed immigrants compare with those of the native born, using panel data from the UK Quarterly Labour Force Survey. We explore the relative effectiveness of different job search methods, between the main native born and immigrant groups, in terms of their impact on the duration of unemployment. Our main finding is that immigrant job search in the UK is less successful than that of UK born whites. However their relative failure to exit unemployment cannot generally be explained by differences in the choice of main job search method or in observable characteristics. We find no support for a policy that would constrain immigrants to use verifiable job search methods.

Keywords: unemployment, job search, immigrants, duration analysis, panel data

JEL Classification: J61, J64

Suggested Citation

Frijters, Paul and Shields, Michael A. and Wheatley Price, Stephen, Immigrant Job Search in the UK: Evidence from Panel Data (October 2003). IZA Discussion Paper No. 902. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=460601

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