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Ethnic Self-Identification of First-Generation Immigrants

  • Zimmermann, Laura V

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    (University of Georgia)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

  • Constant, Amelie F.

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    (George Washington University, Temple University)

This paper uses the concept of ethnic self-identification of immigrants in a two-dimensional framework. It acknowledges the fact that attachments to the home and the host country are not necessarily mutually exclusive. There are three possible paths of adjustment from separation at entry, namely the transitions to assimilation, integration and marginalization. We analyze the determinants of ethnic self-identification in this process using samples of first-generation immigrants for males and females separately, and controlling for pre- and post-migration characteristics. We find strong gender differences and the unimportance of a wide range of pre-migration characteristics like religion and education at home.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2535.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Publication status: published in: International Migration Review, 2007, 41 (3), 769-781
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2535
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  1. Howard Bodenhorn & Christopher S. Ruebeck, 2003. "The Economics of Identity and the Endogeneity of Race," NBER Working Papers 9962, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Brian Duncan & Stephen Trejo, 2006. "Ethnic Identification, Intermarriage, and Unmaresured Progress by Mexican Americans," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0602, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
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