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Cultural Identity and Knowledge Creation in Cosmopolitan Cities

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  • Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano

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    (Bocconi University DEP-KITeS, Milan, Italy - and FEEM, CEPR)

  • Giovanni Prarolo

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    (University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy and FEEM)

Abstract

We study how the city system is affected by the possibility for the members of the same cultural diaspora to interact across different cities. In so doing, we propose a simple two- city model with two mobile cultural groups. A localized esternality fosters the productivity of individuals when groups interact in a city. At the same time, such interaction dilutes cultural identities and reduces the consumption of culture-specific goods and services. We show that the two groups segregate in di¤erent cities when diaspora members find it hard to communicate at distance whereas they integrate in multicultural cities when communication is easy. The model generates situations in which segregation is an equilibrium but is Pareto dominated by integration.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 021.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
Date of revision: Apr 2009
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:kites21_wp

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  6. Annie Tubadji & Peter Nijkamp, 2012. "Altruism to Strangers for our Own Sake: Domestic Effects from Immigration," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-079/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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