DP6466 Measuring Ethnic Identity and Its Impact on Economic Behaviour
|Author(s):||Amelie Constant, Klaus F Zimmermann|
|Publication Date:||September 2007|
|Keyword(s):||acculturation, cultural economics, ethnic identity, ethnicity, migrant assimilation, migrant integration, work|
|JEL(s):||F22, J15, J16, Z10|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6466|
The paper advocates for a new measure of the ethnic identity of migrants, models its determinants and explores its explanatory power for various types of their economic performance. The ethnosizer, a measure of the intensity of a person's ethnic identity, is constructed from information on the following elements: language, culture, societal interaction, history of migration, and ethnic self-identification. A two-dimensional concept of the ethnosizer classifies migrants into four states: integration, assimilation, separation and marginalization. The ethnosizer largely depends on pre-migration characteristics. Empirical evidence studying economic behaviour like work participation, earnings and housing decisions demonstrates the significant relevance of ethnic identity for economic outcomes.