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Do Oppositional Identities Reduce Employment for Ethnic Minorities?

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dc.creator Battu, Harminder
dc.creator Mwale, McDonald
dc.creator Zenou, Yves
dc.date 2003
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:10:45Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:10:45Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20485
dc.identifier ppn:360942385
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20485
dc.description We develop a model in which non-white individuals are defined with respect to their social environment (family, friends, neighbors) and their attachments to their culture of origin (religion, language), and in which jobs are mainly found through social networks. We found that, depending on how strong they are linked to their culture of origin, non-whites choose to adopt ?oppositional? identities since some individuals may identify with the dominant culture (status seekers) and others may reject that culture (conformists), even if it implies adverse labor market outcomes. We then test this model using a unique data set that contains extensive information on various issues surrounding ethnic identity and preferences in Britain. We find considerable heterogeneity in the ethnic population of Britain in terms of ethnic preferences. One group, namely the African-Asians, stand out in having preferences that accord with the notion of them being status seekers. Such preferences are closely tied to a range of assimilation variables and those non-whites who have preferences that accord with being a conformist do experience an employment penalty.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 721
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject J15
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject social networks
dc.subject white?s norm
dc.subject ethnic minorities
dc.subject Ethnische Gruppe
dc.subject Arbeitsuche
dc.subject Arbeitsnachfrage
dc.subject Soziales Netzwerk
dc.subject Kulturpsychologie
dc.subject Soziale Norm
dc.subject Theorie
dc.subject Großbritannien
dc.title Do Oppositional Identities Reduce Employment for Ethnic Minorities?
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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