A Political Economy of the Immigrant Assimilation: Internal Dynamics

21 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2010

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Ira N. Gang

Rutgers University - Economics Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

Within immigrant society different groups wish to help the migrants in different ways ヨ immigrant societies are multi-layered and multi-dimensional. We examine the situation where there exists a foundation that has resources and that wishes to help the migrants. To do so they need migrant groups to invest effort in helping their country-folk. Migrant groups compete against one another by helping their country-folk and to win grants from the foundation. We develop a model that considers how such a competition affects the resources invested by the groupsメ supporters and how beneficial it is to immigrants. We consider two alternative rewards systems for supporters ヨ absolute and relative ranking ヨ in achieving their goals.

Keywords: migration, assimilation, political economy

JEL Classification: F22, J0

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Gang, Ira N., A Political Economy of the Immigrant Assimilation: Internal Dynamics. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5059. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1648344

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