Community Leaders and the Preservation of Cultural Traits

56 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2015

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Anja Prummer

University of Cambridge - Cambridge-INET Institute

Jan-Peter Siedlarek

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Date Written: 2015-10-09

Abstract

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 group’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

Suggested Citation

Prummer, Anja and Siedlarek, Jan-Peter, Community Leaders and the Preservation of Cultural Traits (2015-10-09). FRB of Cleveland Working Paper No. 1517. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672193 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2672193

Anja Prummer (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Cambridge-INET Institute ( email )

Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom

Jan-Peter Siedlarek

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland ( email )

East 6th & Superior
Cleveland, OH 44101-1387
United States

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