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Muslims in France: identifying a discriminatory equilibrium

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  • Claire L. Adida

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    (Department of Political Science, University of California San Diego - University of San Diego)

  • David D. Laitin

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    (Department of Political Science, Stanford University - Stanford University [Stanford])

  • Marie-Anne Valfort

    ()

    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

We analyze the assimilation patterns of Muslim immigrants in Western countries with a unique identification strategy. Survey and experimental data collected in France in 2009 suggest that Muslims and rooted French are locked in a sub-optimal equilib- rium whereby (i) rooted French exhibit taste-based discrimination against those they are able to identify as Muslims and (ii) Muslims perceive French institutions as system- atically discriminatory against them. This equilibrium is sustained because Muslims, perceiving discrimination as institutionalized, are reluctant to assimilate and rooted French, who are able to identify Muslims as such due to their lower assimilation, reveal their distaste for Muslims.

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Date of creation: Oct 2014
Publication status: Published in Journal of Population Economics, Springer Verlag, 2014, 27 (4), pp.1039-1086. 〈10.1007/s00148-014-0512-1〉
Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00977076
DOI: 10.1007/s00148-014-0512-1
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