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Acculturation Identity and Educational Attainment

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  • Nekby, Lena

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Rödin, Magnus

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Özcan, Gülay

    ()
    (Stockholm University)

Abstract

This paper explores the identity formation of a cohort of students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden and the consequences of identity for subsequent educational attainment. Unique for this study is that identity is defined according to a two-dimensional acculturation framework based on both strength of identity to the (ethnic) minority and to the (Swedish) majority culture. Results indicate that integrated men are associated with significantly higher levels of education than assimilated men. No differences in educational attainment are found between the assimilated and the integrated for women. These results put into question the premise of oppositional identities, i.e., a trade-off between ethnic identity and educational achievement, among immigrants in Sweden.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3172.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3172

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Keywords: education; ethnic identity; ethnic minorities; acculturation;

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