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A Political Economy of the Immigrant Assimilation: Internal Dynamics

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  • Epstein, Gil S.

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    (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Gang, Ira N.

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    (Rutgers University)

Abstract

Within immigrant society different groups wish to help the migrants in different ways – immigrant societies are multi-layered and multi-dimensional. We examine the situation where there exists a foundation that has resources and that wishes to help the migrants. To do so they need migrant groups to invest effort in helping their country-folk. Migrant groups compete against one another by helping their country-folk and to win grants from the foundation. We develop a model that considers how such a competition affects the resources invested by the groups’ supporters and how beneficial it is to immigrants. We consider two alternative rewards systems for supporters – absolute and relative ranking – in achieving their goals.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5059.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Publication status: published in: Gil S. Epstein and Ira N. Gang (eds.), Migration and Culture, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 8, Emerald Publishing, Bingley, 2010, 325-339
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  1. Epstein, Gil S. & Siniver, Erez, 2012. "Can an Ethnic Group Climb Up from the Bottom of the Ladder?," IZA Discussion Papers 6796, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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