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Community leaders and the preservation of cultural traits

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  • Prummer, Anja
  • Siedlarek, Jan-Peter

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We explain persistent differences in cultural traits of immigrant groups with the presence of community leaders. Leaders influence the cultural traits of their community, which have an impact on the group's earnings. They determine whether a community will be more assimilated and wealthier or less assimilated and poorer. With a leader cultural integration remains incomplete. The leader chooses more distinctive cultural traits in high productivity environments and if the community is more connected. Lump sum transfers to immigrants can hinder cultural integration. These findings are in line with integration patterns of various ethnic and religious groups.

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  • Prummer, Anja & Siedlarek, Jan-Peter, 2017. "Community leaders and the preservation of cultural traits," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 168(C), pages 143-176.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:168:y:2017:i:c:p:143-176
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2016.12.007
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    1. Hellmann, Tim & Panebianco, Fabrizio, 2018. "The transmission of continuous cultural traits in endogenous social networks," Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers 579, Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University.
    2. Bisin, Alberto & Verdier, Thierry, 2017. "Inequality, redistribution and cultural integration in the Welfare State," CEPR Discussion Papers 11916, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    Cultural transmission; Leadership; Immigrants; Labor market outcomes; Social influence; Networks;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact

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