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Please Call Me John: Name Choice and the Assimilation of Immigrants in the United States, 1900-1930

Carneiro, P; Lee, S; Reis, H; (2020) Please Call Me John: Name Choice and the Assimilation of Immigrants in the United States, 1900-1930. Labour Economics , 62 , Article 101778. 10.1016/j.labeco.2019.101778. Green open access

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Abstract

The majority of immigrants to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century adopted American first names. In this paper we study the economic determinants of name choice, by relating the propensity of immigrants to carry an American first name to the local concentration of their compatriots and local labor market conditions. We find that high concentrations of immigrants of a given nationality discouraged members of that nationality from taking American names, in particular for more recent arrivals. In contrast, labor market conditions for immigrants do not seem to be associated with more frequent name changes among immigrants.

Type: Article
Title: Please Call Me John: Name Choice and the Assimilation of Immigrants in the United States, 1900-1930
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2019.101778
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2019.101778
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Americanization, Culture, First name, Identity, Immigration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086411
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