Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/236507
Authors: 
Algan, Yann
Malgouyres, Clément
Mayer, Thierry
Thoenig, Mathias
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 14476
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
This paper studies how economic incentives influence cultural transmission, using a crucial expression of cultural identity: Child naming decisions. Our focus is on Arabic versus Non-Arabic names given in France over the 2003-2007 period. Our model of cultural transmission features three determinants: (i) vertical (parental) cultural transmission culture; (ii) horizontal (neighborhood) influence; (iii) information on the economic penalty associated with Arabic names. We find that economic incentives largely influence naming choices: Would the parental expectation on the economic penalty be zero, the annual number of babies born with an Arabic name would be more than 50 percent larger.
Subjects: 
cultural economics
cultural transmission
first names
social interactions
JEL: 
Z1
J3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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