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Oppositional Identities and Employment for Ethnic Minorities. Evidence from England

  • Harminder Battu

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    (University of Aberdeen)

  • Yves Zenou

    ()

    (Stockholm University, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and CREAM)

Where a community or group is socially excluded from a dominant group, some individuals of that group may identify with the dominant culture and others may reject that culture. The aim of this paper is to investigate this issue by empirically analyzing the potential trade-off for ethnic minorities between sticking to their own roots and labour market success. We find that the social environment of individuals and attachments to culture of origin has a strong association with identity choice. Our results also suggest that those non-whites who have preferences that accord with being "oppositional" do experience an employment penalty.

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Paper provided by Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London in its series CReAM Discussion Paper Series with number 0924.

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