Minorities, Assimilation and Harassment

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 27.01.2005, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Gil S. Epstein (Bar-Ilan University)


We are interested in why minorities are so often at a disadvantage relative to the majority, and the circumstances under which it changes or stagnates over time. Efforts made to assimilate, and time, are two elements that work to bring minorities into line with the majority. A third element, the degree to which the majority welcomes the minority, also plays a role. We examine the consequences for assimilation and harassment of increases in the numbers of members of the minority, time, and the role of the political entity. Over time, the political entity representing the minority and the members of the minority exhibit different interests in assimilating and in maintaining their cultural identity, and we discuss how this affects the minorities position over time.

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