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Title:Oppositional identities and the labor market PDF Logo
Authors:Battu, Harminder
Mwale, McDonald
Zenou, Yves
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1852
Abstract:We develop a model in which non-white individuals are defined with respect to their social environment (family, friends, neighbors) and their attachments to their culture of origin (religion, language), and in which jobs are mainly found through social networks. We find that, depending on how strong peer pressures are, nonwhites choose to adopt oppositional identities since some individuals may identify with the dominant culture and others may reject that culture, even if it implies adverse labor market outcomes.
Subjects:ethnic minorities , identity
social networks
white's norm
multiple equilibria
JEL:A14
J15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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