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Labour market entries and exits of women from different origin countries in the UK

Khoudja, Yassine and Platt, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0002-8251-6400 (2016) Labour market entries and exits of women from different origin countries in the UK. CReAM discussion papers (CPD 03/16). Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), London, UK.

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In the context of increasing women’s labour force participation (LFP) across Western countries, there remain large differences in LFP for women of different ethnic origins. While existing research has demonstrated that part of these differences can be attributed to compositional differences (age, qualifications, family context etc.) and to differences in gender role attitudes and religiosity, residual ‘ethnic effects’ typically remain. Further insight into the drivers of such differences has the potential to inform us about factors shaping women’s LFP more widely. In this paper we exploit a large-scale longitudinal study of the UK to investigate ethnic differences in both LFP entry and exit probabilities. We examine how far we can account for overall ethnic differences in LFP entry and exit, taking account of individual characteristics, gender role attitudes and religiosity, and the contribution of relevant life-course events. We find that, adjusting for all these factors, Indian and Caribbean women do not differ from White majority women in their labour force entry and exit probabilities but that Pakistani and Bangladeshi women are less likely to enter and more likely to exit the labour market, while Black African women have higher entry rates. We also find that Pakistani and Bangladeshi women’s labour market entries and exits are less sensitive to partnership and child-bearing events than other women’s.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:08

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