Migrant Ethnic Identity: Concept and Policy Implications
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); University of Bonn; Journal of Population Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3056
With globalization, the size of migration and the value of ethnicity is rising. Also Cyprus undergoes a strong process of change while experiencing large inflows of migration. The paper investigates the challenges and the potentials of migration from a European Union perspective. It advocates for a new concept to measure the ethnic identity of migrants, models its determinants and explores its explanatory power for various types of economic performance. The ethnosizer, a measure of ethnic identity, classifies migrants into four states: integration, assimilation, separation and marginalization. Empirical evidence supports its relevance for economic outcomes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: ethnic identity, acculturation, migrant assimilation, migrant integration, cultural economics
JEL Classification: F22, J15, J16, Z10
Date posted: October 23, 2007
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