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Arbeitnehmerfreizügigkeit und Diskriminierung auf dem deutschen Arbeitsmarkt


"The paper deals with the interaction of horizontal and vertical European integration. It asks whether the principle of free movement of labour does not only legally but also de facto prevent discrimination of non-nationals in EU Member States. Theoretically, the analysis is framed by distinguishing three interrelated types of social fields: a supranational political field of free movement of labour, national labour market fields and an intermediary transnational space of mobility. Focusing on the German labour market and drawing on comprehensive administrative data the article shows that wage differences are to a large extend caused by differences in relevant labour market characteristics such as age or education. However, for the vast majority of EU non-nationals in Germany is also observed discrimination in payment. Strikingly, positive discrimination is more pronounced than negative discrimination. These differences are understood as hinting at the increasing importance of comparisons between national labour markets in the EU." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Bibliographical information

Bernhard, Stefan; Bernhard, Sarah (2014): Free of movement workers and discrimination on the German labour market : European politics, transnational mobility and national fields. In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie, Vol. 24, Iss. 2, pp. 169-199.