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Harminder Battu, McDonald Mwale and Yves Zenou
Oppositional Identities and the Labor Market
Abstract: We develop a model in which non-white individuals are
defined with respect to their social environment (family, friends,
neighbors) and their attachments to their culture of origin (religion,
language), and in which jobs are mainly found through social networks. We
find that, depending on how strong peer pressures are, non-whites choose to
adopt "oppositional" identities since some individuals may identify with
the dominant culture and others may reject that culture, even if it implies
adverse labor market outcomes.
Keywords: Ethnic Minorities; Identity; Social Networks; White's Norm; Multiple Equilibria; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A14; J15; (follow links to similar papers)
37 pages, October 19, 2005
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