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Willingness to Assimilate and Ethnicity

  • Gil Epstein

    (Bar-Ilan University)

A model is set up whereby migrants must choose a level of social traits and consumption of ethnic goods. We deal with the relationship between the consumption of ethnic goods, the choice of social traits, wages and the employment of migrants. As the consumption level of ethnic goods increases, the migrants become ever more different from the local population and less assimilated. We consider the effect that being part, or not being part, of the labor force has on the consumption of ethnic goods, comparing those who are not part of the labor force with the employed and the level of ethnic goods each uses and their chances of assimilation in the host country.

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Volume (Year): 35 (2009)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 1

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