© 2008

Gender, Ethnicity and Employment

Non-English Speaking Background Migrant Women in Australia

  • Rowshan Haque
  • M. Ohidul Haque

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Pages 1-4
  3. Pages 5-59
  4. Pages 139-170
  5. Pages 203-218
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-220

About this book


This book is mainly concerned with economic analysis of the labour market status of NESB (Non-English Speaking Background) migrant women in Australia. Newly developed and sophisticated econometric methods are used to analyse the labour market status of both NESB migrant and Australian born women. It shows that NESB migrant women are over represented in occupations that have low pay and poor working conditions. It also shows that they are disadvantaged (and discriminated against) in the Australian labour market due to poor English, non-recognition of overseas qualifications and their late arrival. Our analysis provides many new results, which were not observed previously. This book sheds light on why labour market outcomes appear to be unequal, and what policy measures might be undertaken to reduce the imbalance. Some of the techniques presented here can also be used in a wide range of policy areas in many other countries. Economists, policy and business analysts and market researchers will find this book very useful.


Econometrics Economic Policy Employment Gender Gender Studies Labour Economics Migrant women Migration Social Policy Unemployment

Editors and affiliations

  • Rowshan Haque
    • 1
  • M. Ohidul Haque
    • 2
  1. 1.BurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Economics Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies (FBEPS)Universiti Brunei DarussalamNegara Brunei Darussalam

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This book analyzes the likelihood of three labor market outcomes … for immigrant women from non-English-speaking countries (‘NESB women’), and compares them with women born in Australia. It will primarily interest scholars who study immigration, gender, and labor markets. … The most valuable parts of the book are the survey of other studies and the tables that show the probit coefficients, p-values, and elasticities at the means.” (Cordelia W. Reimers, Feminist Economics, Vol. 17 (2), 2011)