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Helmut Rainer

University of Munich
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80539 Munich
Germany

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January 2020Caught between Cultures: Unintended Consequences of Improving Opportunity for Immigrant Girls
with Gordon B. Dahl, Cristina Felfe, Paul Frijters: w26674
What happens when immigrant girls are given increased opportunities to integrate into the workplace and society, but their parents value more traditional cultural outcomes? Building on Akerlof and Kranton’s identity framework (2000), we construct a simple game-theoretic model which shows how expanding opportunities for immigrant girls can have the unintended consequence of reducing their well-being, since identity-concerned parents will constrain their daughter’s choices. The model can explain the otherwise puzzling findings from a reform which granted automatic birthright citizenship to eligible immigrant children born in Germany after January 1, 2000. Using survey data we collected in 57 schools in Germany and comparing those born in the months before versus after the reform, we find tha...
 
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