Oppositional Identities and Employment for Ethnic Minorities: Evidence from England

Harminder Battu, Yves Zenou

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Where a community or group is socially excluded from a dominant group, some individuals of that group may identify with the dominant culture and others may reject that culture. The aim of this article is to investigate this issue by empirically analysing the potential trade-off for ethnic minorities between sticking to their own roots and labour market success. We find that the social environment of individuals and attachments to culture of origin has a strong association with identity choice. Our results also suggest that those non-whites who have preferences that accord with being 'oppositional' do experience an employment penalty.</p>
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)F52-F71
Number of pages20
JournalEconomic Journal
Issue number542
Early online date20 Jan 2010
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • labor-market
  • language proficiency
  • economic-analysis
  • social networks
  • unemployment
  • immigrants
  • discrimination
  • inequality
  • culture
  • UK


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