Explained and unexplained wage gaps across the main ethno-religiuos groups in Great Britain

Cheti Nicoletti, Simonetta Longhi, Lucinda Platt

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We analyse the difference in average wages (the so called ‘wage gap’) of selected ethno-religious groups in Great Britain at the mean and over the wage distribution with the aim of explaining why such wage gaps differ across minority groups. We distinguish minorities not only by their ethno-religious background, but also by country (UK or abroad) in which people grew up and acquired their qualifications. We find that within all minority ethno-religious groups the second generation achieves higher wages than the first generation, but the amount that is explained by characteristics does not necessarily increase with generation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-493
Number of pages23
JournalOxford Economic Papers
Issue number2
Early online date20 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Wage gap
  • Quantile regression
  • Decomposition

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