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Where Do Immigrants Fare Worse? Modeling Workplace Wage Gap Variation with Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 3
2015 (English)In: American Journal of Sociology, ISSN 0002-9602, E-ISSN 1537-5390, Vol. 120, no 4, 1095-1143 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The authors propose a strategy for observing and explaining workplace variance in categorically linked inequalities. Using Swedish economy-wide linked employer-employee panel data, the authors examine variation in workplace wage inequalities between native Swedes and non-Western immigrants. Consistent with relational inequality theory, the authors' findings are that immigrant-native wage gaps vary dramatically across workplaces, even net of strong human capital controls. The authors also find that, net of observed and fixed-effect controls for individual traits, workplace immigrant-native wage gaps decline with increased workplace immigrant employment and managerial representation and increase when job segregation rises. These results are stronger in high-inequality workplaces and for white-collar employees: contexts in which one expects status-based claims on organizational resources, the central causal mechanism identified by relational inequality theory, to be stronger. The authors conclude that workplace variation in the non-Western immigrant-native wage gaps is contingenton organizational variation in the relative power of groups and the institutional context in which that power is exercised.

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2015. Vol. 120, no 4, 1095-1143 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118297DOI: 10.1086/679191ISI: 000353970900003OAI: diva2:822462
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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