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Labor Market Specialization, Ethnicity, and Metropolitan Labor Markets

Written by Professor Franklin D. Wilson, this 59-page working paper from the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin deals with the ways in which certain ethnic groups are under or over-represented in certain employment sectors. Specifically, the paper explores the prevailing claim that ethnic affiliation affects the relative concentration of co-ethnic workers and that metropolitan labor markets provide the context within which members of ethnic populations are sorted into various employment sectors based upon various characteristics. The paper begins by reviewing the existing scholarship in the field, and then moves on to offer a structural model that accounts for the relative concentration of workers of a given ethnicity in various sectors. Professor Wilson continues by presenting his data sources and methods, and concludes that the results support the claims that both ethnic affiliation and metropolitan location "play key roles in structuring the extent of labor specialization among co-ethnic workers in employment sectors."
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Date of Scout Publication 2003-05-09
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