'Bend it Like Beckham': Identity, Socialization and Assimilation

51 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2006

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Thierry Verdier

Paris School of Economics (PSE); Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Alberto Bisin

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics; New York University (NYU) - Center for Experimental Social Science (CESS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics; Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

We first develop a model of identity formation resulting from the interaction of cultural transmission and socialization inside the family, peer effects and social interactions, and identity choice. We then put the model to data using the UK Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities. We show that the main determinants of ethnic identity include past racial harassment experiences, language spoken at home and with friends, quality of housing, and structure of the family. Most importantly, we find that, consistently with our theoretical analysis, identity and socialization to an ethnic minority are, other things equal, more intense in mixed neighbourhood than in segregated neighbourhoods. We argue that this last result has important and up-to-now unnoticed implications for integration and assimilation policies.

Keywords: Ethnicity, identity, intermarriage, cultural transmission

JEL Classification: A14, J15

Suggested Citation

Verdier, Thierry and Bisin, Alberto and Patacchini, Eleonora and Zenou, Yves, 'Bend it Like Beckham': Identity, Socialization and Assimilation (May 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5662, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921068

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