Ethnic Goods and Immigrant Assimilation

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Ilhom Abdulloev

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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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Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

Some immigrants try to keep their ethnicity hidden while others become ever deeply more mired in their home culture. We argue that among immigrants this struggle manifests itself in the ethnic goods they choose to consume. Different types of ethnic goods have vastly different effects on immigrant assimilation. We develop a simple theoretical model useful for capturing the consequences of this struggle, illustrating it with examples of Central Asian assimilation into the Muscovite economy.

Keywords: assimilation, migrants, culture, ethnic goods

JEL Classification: J15

Suggested Citation

Abdulloev, Ilhom and Epstein, Gil S. and Gang, Ira N., Ethnic Goods and Immigrant Assimilation (April 2014). Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano Development Studies Working Paper No. 364. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2427775 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2427775

Ilhom Abdulloev

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