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Extremism within the family

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  • Gil S. Epstein

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    (Bar-Ilan University, Israel, IZA, Bonn and CReAM London)

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This paper considers an economic analysis of intergenerational transition of ethnic and social trait. We consider the level of social traits chosen by parents and its effect on their children's choice of ethnic and social traits when reaching adulthood. We develop a theory that suggests that parents will chose extreme ethnic and social traits in order to increase the cost that their children will pay if they wish to deviate from their parent's "ideal". The extreme choice of the ethnic social traits of parents has an effect on the segregation of minorities and migrants.

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Paper provided by Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London in its series CReAM Discussion Paper Series with number 0606.

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Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:crm:wpaper:0606

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Keywords: intergenerational transition; ethnic trait; social trait; minorities; migrants;

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  1. Epstein, Gil S., 2012. "Frontier Issues of the Political Economy of Migration," IZA Discussion Papers 6837, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Fausto Galli & Giuseppe Russo, 2013. "Immigration Restriction and Long-Run Cultural Assimilation: Theory and Quasi-Experimental Evidence," CSEF Working Papers 349, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  3. Epstein, Gil S., 2012. "Migrants, Ethnicity and the Welfare State," IZA Discussion Papers 6850, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Gil Epstein, 2009. "Willingness to Assimilate and Ethnicity," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 35, pages 1.
  5. Alberto Bisin & Thierry Verdier, 2010. "The Economics of Cultural Transmission and Socialization," NBER Working Papers 16512, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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