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  • Jean-Paul Carvalho

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Veiling among Muslim women is modelled as a form of cultural resistance which inhibits the transmission of secular values.� Individuals care about opinions of their community members and use veiling to influence these options.� Our theory predicts that veiling is highest when individuals from highly religious communities interact in highly secular environments.� This accounts for puzzling features of the new veiling movement since the 1970s.� Though veiling helps retain religious values, we show that bans on veiling aimed at assimilation can be counterproductive.� By inducing religious types to segregate in local communities, bans on veiling can lead to increased religiosity.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 491.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:491

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Keywords: Veil; Islamic revival; Signalling; Identity; Economics of religion;

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  1. David Austen-Smith & Roland G. Fryer, 2005. "An Economic Analysis of "Acting White"," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 120(2), pages 551-583, May.
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  1. Veiling bans can be counterproductive
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-08-04 13:52:00

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