Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Stockholm University, Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS

No 2009:1: On Fragile Grounds: A replication of "Are Muslim immigrants different in terms of cultural integration?"

Mahmood Arai (), Jonas Karlsson () and Michael Lundholm ()
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Mahmood Arai: Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS, Postal: Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
Jonas Karlsson: Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS, Postal: Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
Michael Lundholm: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This study is a replication of "Are Muslim Immigrants Different in terms of Cultural Integration?" by Alberto Bisin, Eleonora Patacchini, Thierry Verdier and Yves Zenou, published in Journal of European Economic Association, 6, 445-456, 2008. Bisin et al. (2008) report that they have 5963 observations in their study. Using their empirical setup, we can only identify 1901 relevant observations in the original data. After removing missing values we are left with 818 observations. We cannot replicate any of their results and our estimations yield no support for their claims.

Keywords: religious identity; assimilation; Muslims; replication study; Reproducible research

JEL-codes: A14; J15

13 pages, January 30, 2009

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