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Immigrants' Identity, Economic Outcomes, and the Transmission of Identity across Generations

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  • Teresa Casey

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    (Department of Economics and Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London)

  • Christian Dustmann

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    (University College London, CReAM)

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In this paper we address three issues relating to immigrants' identity, measured as the feeling of belonging to particular ethnic groups. We study the formation of identity with home and host countries. We investigate how identity with either country relates to immigrants' and their children's labour market outcomes. Finally, we analyse the intergenerational transmission of identity. Our analysis is based on a unique longitudinal dataset on immigrants and their children. We find that identity with either country is only weakly related to labour market outcomes. However, there is strong intergenerational transmission of identity from one generation to the next.

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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 0923.

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Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:crm:wpaper:0923

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