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Title:Oppositional identities and employment for ethnic minorities: evidence from England PDF Logo
Authors:Battu, Harminder
Zenou, Yves
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4517
Abstract:Where a community or group is socially excluded from a dominant group, some individuals of that group may identify with the dominant culture and others may reject that culture. The aim of this paper is to investigate this issue by empirically analyzing the potential trade-off for ethnic minorities between sticking to their own roots and labour market success. We find that the social environment of individuals and attachments to culture of origin has a strong association with identity choice. Our results also suggest that those non-whites who have preferences that accord with being oppositional do experience an employment penalty.
Subjects:Ethnic minorities
identity
social networks
white's norm
JEL:J15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20091105886
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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