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Bend it Like Beckham: Ethnic Identity and Integration


Alberto Bisin


New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Eleonora Patacchini


Università di Roma "La Sapienza"; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Thierry Verdier


Paris School of Economics (PSE); Delta - Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Yves Zenou


Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

October 2010

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8054

Abstract:     
We propose a theoretical framework to study the determinants of ethnic and religious identity along two distinct motivational processes which have been proposed in the social sciences: cultural conformity and cultural distinction. Under cultural conformity, ethnic identity is reduced by neighborhood integration, which weakens group loyalties and prejudices. On the contrary, under cultural distinction, ethnic minorities are more motivated in retaining their own distinctive cultural heritage the more integrated are the neighborhoods where they reside and work. Data on ethnic preferences and attitudes provided by the Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities in the UK enables us to test the relative significance of these two identity processes. We find evidence consistent with intense ethnic and religious identity mostly formed as a cultural distinction mechanism. Consistently, we document that ethnic identities are more intense in mixed than in segregated neighborhoods.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: cultural transmission, Ethnicity, identity, intermarriage

JEL Classification: A14, J15

working papers series


Date posted: November 22, 2010  

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Bisin, Alberto and Patacchini, Eleonora and Verdier, Thierry and Zenou, Yves, Bend it Like Beckham: Ethnic Identity and Integration (October 2010). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8054. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1711067

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Alberto Bisin (Contact Author)
New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )
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United States
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212-995-4186 (Fax)
Eleonora Patacchini
Università di Roma "La Sapienza" ( email )
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Roma I-00185
Italy
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Germany
Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )
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Rome, 00187
Italy
Thierry Verdier
Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )
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Paris, 75014
France
Delta - Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) ( email )
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France
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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Yves Zenou
Stockholm University ( email )
Stockholm, SE-106 91
Sweden
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI) ( email )
P.O. Box 5501
S-114 85 Stockholm
Sweden
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
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