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Title:Measuring ethnic identity and its impact on economic behavior PDF Logo
Authors:Constant, Amelie F.
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 721
Abstract:The paper advocates for a new measure of the ethnic identity of migrants, models its determinants and explores its explanatory power for various types of their economic performance. The ethnosizer, a measure of the intensity of a person's ethnic identity, is constructed from information on the following elements: language, culture, societal interaction, history of migration, and ethnic self-identification. A two-dimensional concept of the ethnosizer classifies migrants into four states: integration, assimilation, separation and marginalization. The ethnosizer largely depends on pre-migration characteristics. Empirical evidence studying economic behavior like work participation, earnings and housing decisions demonstrates the significant relevance of ethnic identity for economic outcomes.
Subjects:Ethnicity
ethnic identity
acculturation
migrant assimilation
migrant integration
work
cultural economics
JEL:F22
J15
J16
Z10
Document Type:Working Paper
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