Ethnosizing Immigrants: A Theoretical Framework

17 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015

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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

Odelia Heizler-Cohen

Hebrew University of Jerusalem; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: April 1, 2015

Abstract

Recently, Constant, Gataullina, and Zimmermann (2009) established a new method to measure ethnic identity which they called the "ethnosizer". Using information on an individual's language, culture, social interactions, history of migration, and ethnic self-identification, the method classifies that individual into one of four states: assimilation, integration, separation or marginalization. A large body of literature has emerged examining the effects of immigrants' characteristics (age, gender, education, religion, etc.) on their ethnic identity using the ethnosizer. This note presents a basic theoretical framework to shed light on the vast collection of empirical results obtained on this topic.

Keywords: Ethnosizer, Immigrants, Assimilation, Integration, Separation, Marginalization

JEL Classification: J0, J15

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Heizler-Cohen, Odelia, Ethnosizing Immigrants: A Theoretical Framework (April 1, 2015). Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano Development Studies Working Paper No. 384. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608011 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2608011

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