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Title:Acculturation identity and educational attainment PDF Logo
Authors:Nekby, Lena
Rödin, Magnus
Özcan, Gülay
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3172
Abstract:This paper explores the identity formation of a cohort of students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden and the consequences of identity for subsequent educational attainment. Unique for this study is that identity is defined according to a two-dimensional acculturation framework based on both strength of identity to the (ethnic) minority and to the (Swedish) majority culture. Results indicate that integrated men are associated with significantly higher levels of education than assimilated men. No differences in educational attainment are found between the assimilated and the integrated for women. These results put into question the premise of oppositional identities, i.e., a trade-off between ethnic identity and educational achievement, among immigrants in Sweden.
Subjects:Ethnic identity
acculturation
ethnic minorities
education
JEL:J15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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