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Ethnic Identity and Labor-Market Outcomes of Immigrants in Europe


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)

January 1, 2011

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8212

Abstract:     
Using data from the European Social Survey on most European countries, we look at the relationship between ethnic identity and employment prospects for immigrants from non-European countries. We find that a strong attachment to religion is associated with a lower probability of being employed. When we differentiate between first and second generations of immigrants, our evidence reveals signs of a cultural and economic integration of immigrants in Europe. However, when an extreme ethnic sentiment is preserved, the employment penalty is amplified. Our results also suggest that the strength of a person's ethnic identity and its relationship with employment prospects may depend on the type of integration policy performed in the country where the immigrant lives. In particular, labor-market policies and family-reunion policies seem to facilitate the labor-market access to immigrants coming from non-European countries.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: ethnic identity, first- and second-generation immigrants, integration policies, religion

JEL Classification: A14, J15, J18, Z19

working papers series


Date posted: January 31, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Bisin, Alberto and Patacchini, Eleonora and Verdier, Thierry and Zenou, Yves, Ethnic Identity and Labor-Market Outcomes of Immigrants in Europe (January 1, 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8212. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1749853

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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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New York, NY 10003
United States
212-998-8916 (Phone)
212-995-4186 (Fax)
Eleonora Patacchini
Università di Roma "La Sapienza" ( email )
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P. le A. Moro 5
Roma I-00185
Italy
+39 06 4991 0843 (Phone)
+39 06 4453 246 (Fax)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )
Via Due Macelli, 73
Rome, 00187
Italy
Thierry Verdier
Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014
France
Delta - Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) ( email )
48, Boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
France
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+33 1 4313 6310 (Fax)
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
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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