Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.




The purpose of this thesis using cycle 14 of the General Social Survey (2000) is to analyze the predictors of occupational attainment of ethno-racial groups in Canada, with a particular focus on the influence of human capital and social capital. Ethnic inequality has been the focus of a gamut of studies that have sought to identify the factors behind its existence. This thesis seeks to contribute to this range of literature by exploring whether occupational attainment is influenced by ethnic background alone or by general group characteristics such as human capital, social capital and immigrant status. Bivariate and multivariate analyses reveal that visible minorities have higher educational degrees but are distributed more in lower level occupations, compared to other groups. It is also found that higher levels of both human capital and social capital increase the odds of placement in occupations; however their mode of influence varies among occupations. Immigrant status is also found to significantly affect occupational attainment. Theoretical frameworks and policy implications are discussed. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1244. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.