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Perceptions of employability among London’s low-paid: ‘self-determination’ or ethnicity?

Croucher, Richard and Ramakrishnan, Sumeetra and Rizov, Marian and Benzinger, Diana (2017) Perceptions of employability among London’s low-paid: ‘self-determination’ or ethnicity? Economic and Industrial Democracy . ISSN 0143-831X

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We investigate how ethnicity, gender and other characteristics affect low-paid workers’ perceptions of their employability in London’s labour market, examining self-efficacy, ethnic and dual labour market theories. We find that perceptions vary considerably, both between genders and ethnicities and in the extent to which they are ‘justified’ by human capital attributes. Optimism varies between genders and ethnic groups but individuals’ perceptions vary to an even greater extent within genders and ethnic groups. Hence, individual-level ‘self-determination’ explanations of these perceptions appear to have greatest explanatory power in this specific context though ethnic theories also have utility.

Keywords:Ethnicity, Gender, Low pay
Subjects:L Social studies > L100 Economics
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:18906
Deposited On:02 Oct 2015 09:44

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