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* Corresponding author 1 Department of Political Science, University of California San Diego 2 Department of Political Science, Stanford University 3 CES - Centre d-économie de la Sorbonne

Abstract : We analyze the assimilation patterns of Muslim immigrants in Western countries with a unique identification strategy. Survey and experimental data collected in France in 2009 suggest that Muslims and rooted French are locked in a sub-optimal equilib- rium whereby i rooted French exhibit taste-based discrimination against those they are able to identify as Muslims and ii Muslims perceive French institutions as system- atically discriminatory against them. This equilibrium is sustained because Muslims, perceiving discrimination as institutionalized, are reluctant to assimilate and rooted French, who are able to identify Muslims as such due to their lower assimilation, reveal their distaste for Muslims.

Keywords : France Discrimination Assimilation Muslim and Christian immigrants

Author: Claire L. Adida - David D. Laitin - Marie-Anne Valfort -



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