Community Leaders and the Preservation of Cultural Traits
56 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2015
Date Written: 2015-10-09
We explain persistent differences in cultural traits of immigrant groups with the presence of community leaders. Leaders influence the cultural traits of their community, which have an impact on the groupâ€™s earnings. They determine whether a community will be more assimilated and wealthier or less assimilated and poorer. With a leader, cultural integration remains incomplete. The leader chooses more distinctive cultural traits in high-productivity environments and if the community is more connected. Lump-sum transfers to immigrants can hinder cultural integration. These findings are in line with integration patterns of various ethnic and religious groups.
Keywords: Cultural Integration, Cultural Transmission, Leadership, Immigrants, Labor Market Outcomes, Social Influence, Networks
JEL Classification: D02, J15, Z10
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