Segregation, Entrepreneurship and Work Values: The Case of France

54 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Claudia Senik

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Thierry Verdier

Paris School of Economics (PSE); Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

This paper studies the interaction between labor market integration, the evolution of "work values" and entrepreneurial capital inside minority communities. A simple model of labor market segmentation with ethnic capital and endogenous transmission of cultural values inside the minority group is presented. It emphasizes the role of entrepreneurial capital as an important driver of labor market integration and as a promoter of meritocratic work values inside the community. The case of South European and North African second generation immigrants in France is then empirically studied as an example, contrasting strongly how the differential economic and cultural integration in the labor market correlates with the differential level of entrepreneurial capital of the two communities.

Keywords: social capital, ethnic segmentation, work values, labor discrimination

JEL Classification: J15, J61, J7, Z13

Suggested Citation

Senik, Claudia and Verdier, Thierry, Segregation, Entrepreneurship and Work Values: The Case of France. IZA Working Paper No. 3319, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Claudia Senik (Contact Author)

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

Thierry Verdier

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014
France

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) - Department of Economics ( email )

Rua Marques de Sao Vicente, 225/206F
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22453
Brazil

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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