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Ethnic networks and employment outcomes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. CEPR, United Kingdom; IFN, Sweden; GAINS, France.
2012 (English)In: Regional Science and Urban Economics, ISSN 0166-0462, E-ISSN 1879-2308, Vol. 42, no 6, p. 938-949Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the relationship between residential proximity of individuals from the same ethnic group and the probability of finding a job through social networks, relative to other search methods. Using individual-level data from the UK Labour Force survey and spatial statistics techniques, we find that (i) the higher is the percentage of a given ethnic group living nearby, the higher is the probability of finding a job through social contacts; (ii) this effect decays very rapidly with distance. The magnitude, statistical significance and spatial decay of such an effect differ depending on the ethnic group considered. We provide an interpretation of our findings using the network model of Calv├│-Armengol and Jackson (2004).

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2012. Vol. 42, no 6, p. 938-949
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Ethnic minorities, Population density, Social interactions, Weak and strong ties, Spatial statistics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85730DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2012.01.004ISI: 000312610700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-85730DiVA, id: diva2:584534
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved

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