Etnische minderheden in Nederland: distributie mechanisme en sociale ongelijkheid
01 / 1984 - onbekend
This programme is a continuation of that of 1990-1995, which was positivelyevaluated by the Economics Review Committee, even though it is not mainstreameconomics; as evidenced by its multi-disciplinary character. Such amulti-disciplinary approach is in accordance with the mission of the Institutefor Sociological and Economic Research (ISEO) which is linked to the Departmentof Applied Economics of the Faculty of Economic Sciences. This Institute, setup in 1986, has its own research programme and tries to obtain externalfinancing for its empirical research projects whose costs are likely to exceedfaculty research budgets. The main target of this fundraising activity is the'third finance supply' source (paid research commissioned by third parties suchas the government), although applications have also been made to, and approvedby, NWO. The reserach is directed first and foremost at questions of socialinequality, especially with regard to the labour market. The position of ethnicminorities in this respect has always received considerable attention. This hasled to interest in the position of ethnic minorities with regard to thedistribution of other social goods such as education, housing and socialsecurity. It has been realized that ethnic and cultural issues invariably playan important role in such distribution issues, and for this reason a study ofsocialization processes in ethnic minority groups was initiated in 1993 andwill last until 1998. The results of separate studies on various ethnicminorities were integrated into the supra-sectoral issue of social integrationand inequality.Although minority problems have been studied for a long time(also by economists), in The Netherlands as well as in other immigrationcountries, some major research questions still remain unanswered. Among themare the incidence and extent of inter-generational mobility and thesignificance of economics, social and cultural factors in connection with thismobility. Since The Netherlands are a relative 'young' immigration country, atleast as far as the present ethnic minorities are concerned, there is a dearthof information on the educational position and the labour market position ofthe second generation. As a consequence, we lack insight into theinter-generational mobility. It is the main purpose of the ISEO-researchprogramme to acquire such an insight, and subsequently to try and explain thismobility in theoretical terms. The Economics Review Committee agreed on themeaningfulness of this social inequality aspect, and therefore awarded theprogramme a '4' for relevance and a '4' for viability.