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Ethnic Goods and Immigrant Assimilation

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  • Ilhom Abdulloev

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    (Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation, Tajikistan and IZA)

  • Gil S. Epstein

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    (Bar-Ilan University, CReAM, IZA and Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano)

  • Ira N. Gang

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    (Rutgers University, CReAM, IOS and IZA)

Abstract

Some immigrants try to keep their ethnicity hidden while others become ever deeply more mired in their home culture. We argue that among immigrants this struggle manifests itself in the ethnic goods they choose to consume. Different types of ethnic goods have vastly different effects on immigrant assimilation. We develop a simple theoretical model useful for capturing the consequences of this struggle, illustrating it with examples of Central Asian assimilation into the Muscovite economy.

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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 364.

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Length: 43
Date of creation: 07 Apr 2014
Date of revision: 07 Apr 2014
Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:364

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Keywords: Assimilation; migrants; culture; ethnic goods;

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