Muslims in France: Identifying a Discriminatory Equilibrium

59 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2012  

Claire L. Adida

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

David Laitin

Stanford University - Department of Political Science; Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

Marie‐Anne Valfort

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: July 20, 2012

Abstract

Evidence about the assimilation patterns of Muslim immigrants in Western countries is inconclusive because current research fails to isolate the e ffect of religion from that of typical confounds, such as race, ethnicity or nationality. A unique identi fication strategy allows us to isolate the e ffect of religion. Survey data collected in France in 2009 indicate that Muslim immigrants assimilate less than do their Christian counterparts, and that this di fference does not decrease with the time immigrants spend in France. Experimental games reveal that the persistence of Muslims' lower assimilation is consistent with Muslims and rooted French being locked in a bad equilibrium whereby: (i) rooted French exhibit taste-based discrimination against those they are able to identify as Muslims; (ii) Muslims trust rooted French and French institutions less than do Christians.

Keywords: Assimilation, Muslim and Christian immigrants, Discrimination, France

JEL Classification: C90, D03, J15, J71, Z12

Suggested Citation

Adida, Claire L. and Laitin, David and Valfort, Marie‐Anne, Muslims in France: Identifying a Discriminatory Equilibrium (July 20, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2114592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2114592

Claire L. Adida (Contact Author)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521
United States

HOME PAGE: http://claire.adida.net

David Laitin

Stanford University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

30 Alta Road
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Marie-Anne Valfort

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

17, rue de la Sorbonne
Paris, IL 75005
France

Paper statistics

Downloads
188
Rank
106,986
Abstract Views
1,191