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Value adaptation to a new social environment: Impacts from country of birth and country of residence on values of intra-European migrants


  • Maksim Rudnev

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Laboratory for Comparative Studies of Mass Consciousness)


This paper challenges the common assumption that basic human values remain stable during the lifetime of an individual. The author demonstrates individual value change by studying migrants’ values which are prone to change after a move to a new country. Using cross-sectional data, the author estimated the relative impacts of country of birth and country of residence – and values that are common – on individual values of migrants. Values were measured by Schwartz’s questionnaire as well as Inglehart’s Self-Expression items. Cross-classified multilevel regression models were applied to the sample of migrants, selected from five rounds of the European Social Survey. The results demonstrated the significance of both the country of residence and the country of birth as well as values which are common in these countries. Surprisingly, the impact of the country of residence on migrants’ values appeared to be higher than the country of birth. Furthermore, values which are common in the country of residence have a higher impact on migrant values than values widespread in their country of birth. The findings suggest that values are only partly formed during the formative period and keep changing throughout a person’s life

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  • Maksim Rudnev, 2013. "Value adaptation to a new social environment: Impacts from country of birth and country of residence on values of intra-European migrants," HSE Working papers WP BRP 13/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:13/soc/2013

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    1. Jaap Dronkers & Manon de Heus, 2012. "The Educational Performance of Children of Immigrants in Sixteen OECD Countries," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1210, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
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    1. Michael Nollert & Amir Sheikhzadegan, 2016. "Participation and Sharing, or Peaceful Co-Existence? Visions of Integration among Muslims in Switzerland," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 4(2), pages 95-106.

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    basic values; cross-classified multilevel model; value change; value adaptation; intra-European migrants; European Social Survey;

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    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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