Will I see you at work? Ethnic workplace segregation in Sweden 1985-2002

Författare: Oskar Nordström Skans, Och Olof Åslund, Och

Publicerad i: Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2010, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 471-493

Sammanfattning av Working paper 2005:24

We study ethnic workplace segregation in Sweden using linked employer-employee data covering the entire working-age Swedish population during 1985–2002. Segregation is measured as overexposure to a particular group, taking into account the distribution of human capital, industry and geography. We find considerable workplace segregation between immigrants and natives but the results differ substantially between ethnic groups. Segregation has incre­­ased during the period, mainly due to changes in the ethnic composition. Immigrants are particularly overexposed to workers from their own birth region but also to other immigrants. Children to immigrants are only overexposed to immigrants from their parents region of birth. Segregation—particularly in the immigrant-native dimension—is in general negatively correlated with econ­omic status.