Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
Acculturation Identity and Labor Market Outcomes
() and Magnus Rödin
Abstract: This paper explores the identity formation of a cohort of
students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden and the consequences of
identity for subsequent labor market outcomes. Unique for this study is
that identity is defined according to a two-dimensional acculturation
framework based on both strength of identity to the (ethnic) minority and
to the (Swedish) majority culture. Results indicate that what matters for
labor market outcomes is strength of identification with the majority
culture regardless of strength of (ethnic) minority identity. Labor market
outcomes vary little between the assimilated and the integrated who have in
common a strong majority identity but varying minority identity.
Correlations between identity and labor market outcomes are however, an
entirely male phenomenon.
Keywords: Ethnic Identity; Acculturation; Ethnic minorities; Employment; Income; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J15; J16; J21; Z13; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, May 27, 2007
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