Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/140795
Authors: 
Stark, Oded
Fan, C. Simon
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
CMR Working Papers 11/69
Abstract: 
Quite often, migrants appear to exert little effort to absorb the mainstream culture and to learn the language of their host society, even though the economic returns (increased productivity and enhanced earnings) to assimilation are high. We show that when interpersonal comparisons affect individuals' wellbeing and when a more intensive assimilation results in migrants' comparing themselves more with the richer natives and less with fellow migrants, then the effort extended to assimilate will be muted.
Subjects: 
Migrants' behavior
The effort to assimilate
Income gains
Social proximity
Interpersonal comparisons
Deprivation losses
JEL: 
F22
J15
J24
J61
O15
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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