Martin Kahanec's book about ethnic diversity in European labor markets out now

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Martin Kahanec's book about ethnic diversity in European labor markets out now

Published on July 8, 2011 in Books

Martin Kahanec's book about ethnic diversity in European labor markets out now

Ethnic Diversity In European Labor Markets – Challenges and Solutions, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 336 p., 978 1 84844 559 8



Does ethnic diversity in European labor markets lead to poor socio-economic outcomes for some ethnic groups in the face of fierce competition for jobs and welfare? Or can labor immigration and improved integration of all ethnic groups instead provide a solution to the challenges posed by a shrinking population, an aging workforce, skill shortages and other bottlenecks that constrain the innovative potential of the EU? What can policymakers do to nurture and encourage such benefits of ethnic diversity in the EU? This book addresses these issues in a highly accessible way via an illuminating combination of hard data analysis with expert evaluation of various integration practices and policy options.


Dr. Rita Süssmuth, Chair of the European Union’s High Level Group on ‘Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and their full Participation in the Labor Market’ commented: „Kahanec and Zimmermann have put together a volume that destroys the myth that science and policy making cannot be bridged. In an accessible way, but deeply rooted in rigorous science, they provide a handbook for policy makers working in the field of inclusion and integration of ethnic minorities. They identify key policy challenges, address the question of what minorities want, and propose a policy agenda of how to get there.“

Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), remarked: „Kahanec and Zimmermann have produced a remarkably useful and accessible volume that everyone who is curious about, let alone interested in, the labor market situation of ethnic (and immigrant) minorities in the European Union must read. The editors have been imaginative in their use of multiple data systems and methodologies to tell a story that researchers and policy makers alike will find useful, even compelling. […] The editors have painted on a vast canvas, with evidence that covers most of the Union. Impressively, and innovatively, however, they have also included detailed case studies for fully ten of the Union’s member states, including some of the EU’s most important and dynamic economies, such as Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Spain.“

Contributors : A.F. Constant, S. de la Rica, D. Fougère, V. Ghetau, T.J. Hatton, M. Hazans, M. Kahanec, Z. Kántor, P.J. Pedersen, M. Vašecka, H.D. von Loeffelholz, A. Zaiceva, K.F. Zimmermann

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