EconStor >
Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn >
IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58907
  
Title:Cultural integration: Experimental evidence of changes in immigrants' preferences PDF Logo
Authors:Cameron, Lisa A.
Erkal, Nisvan
Gangadharan, Lata
Zhang, Marina
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6467
Abstract:Cultural traits play a significant role in the determination of economic outcomes and institutions. This paper presents evidence from laboratory experiments on the cultural integration of individuals of Chinese ethnicity in Australia, focusing on social preferences, preferences for competition, and risk attitudes. We show that the greater the share of education an individual receives in the West, the more they behave like Western subjects and the less they behave according to the norms of their Eastern heritage. Increased exposure to Western education has a strong negative impact on altruism, trust, and trustworthiness. For risk and competitive preferences, our results are gender-specific. These results have important implications for policy making and institution building in multi-cultural societies.
Subjects:cultural integration
cultural transmission
cultural diversity
cultural assimilation
acculturation
immigration
social preferences
preferences for competition
risk aversion
JEL:C91
J15
D64
D03
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201208065494
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
715930931.pdf279.84 kBAdobe PDF
No. of Downloads: Counter Stats
Download bibliographical data as: BibTeX
Share on:http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58907

Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.