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Beyond the Melting Pot : Cultural Transmission, Marriage, and the Evolution of Ethnic and Religious Traits

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  • Bisin, A.
  • Verdier, T.

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This paper presents an economic analysis of the intergenerational transmission of ethnic and religious traits through family socialization and marital segregation decisions. Frequency of intra-group marriage (homogamy), as well as socialization rates of religious and ethnic groups, depend on the group's share of the population : minority groups search more intensely for homogamous mates, and spend more resources to socialize their offspring. This pattern generally induces a dynamics of the distribution of ethnic and religious traits which converges to a culturally heterogeneous stationary population. Existing empirical evidence bearing directly and indirectly on the implications of the model is discussed.

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Paper provided by DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure) in its series DELTA Working Papers with number 1999-10.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Publication status: Published in Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000, 3, pp. 955-988.
Handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:1999-10

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