2006–2010

Oppositional Identities and the Labor Market

Reprint No. 2007:14

Author(s): Harminder Battu, McDonald Mwale and Yves ZenouYear: 2007 Title: Journal of Population Economics Volume (No.): 20 (3) Pages: 643–667


We develop a model in which nonwhite individuals are defined with respect to their social environment (family, friends, and neighbors) and their attachments to their culture of origin (religion or language), and in which jobs are mainly found through social networks. We find that depending on how strong peer pressures are, nonwhites choose to adopt “oppositional” identities because some individuals may identify with the dominant culture and others may reject that culture, even if it implies adverse labor market outcomes.


Reference:
Battu, Harminder, McDonald Mwale and Yves Zenou (2007), "Oppositional Identities and the Labor Market". Journal of Population Economics 20(3), 643–667.

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