Ethnic Persistence, Assimilation and Risk Proclivity

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Holger Bonin

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Amelie F. Constant

Princeton University; UNU-MERIT; CESifo

Konstantinos Tatsiramos

University of Luxembourg; Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

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Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

The paper investigates the role of social norms as a determinant of individual attitudes by analyzing risk proclivity reported by immigrants and natives in a unique representative German survey. We employ factor analysis to construct measures of immigrants' ethnic persistence and assimilation. The estimated effect of these measures on risk proclivity suggests that adaptation to the attitudes of the majority population closes the immigrant-native gap in risk proclivity, while stronger commitment to the home country preserves it. As risk attitudes are behaviorally relevant, and vary by ethnic origin, our results could also help explain differences in economic assimilation of immigrants.

Keywords: risk attitudes, ethnic persistence, assimilation, second generation effects, gender

JEL Classification: D1, D81, F22, J15, J16, J31, J62, J82

Suggested Citation

Bonin, Holger and Constant, Amelie F. and Tatsiramos, Konstantinos and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Ethnic Persistence, Assimilation and Risk Proclivity (December 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2537, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=957248

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