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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2009:13:
Children's First Names and Immigration Background in France

Mahmood Arai (), Damien Besancenot (), Kim Huynh () and Ali Skalli ()

Abstract: We present evidence indicating that immigrants and especially those from the Maghreb/Middle-East give first names to their children that are different from those given by the French majority population. When it comes to natives with an immigrant background, these differences are very little pronounced. Being born and raised up in France as well as being exposed to the French society and culture through residence, citizenship and the educational system draws individuals with or without immigrant background into similar ways of expressing belongings when choosing first names for their children, indicating the very strong assimilating forces in the French society.

Keywords: First names; Immigration; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J13; J15; (follow links to similar papers)

7 pages, May 13, 2009

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