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Renouncing Personal Names: An Empirical Examination of Surname Change and Earning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 27, no 1, 127-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study the effects of surname change to Swedish‐sounding or neutral names on earnings for immigrants from Asian/African/Slavic countries. To estimate this effect, we exploit the variation resulting from different timing of name changes across individuals during the 1990s. The results imply that there is a substantial increase in annual earnings after a name change, no effects on earnings prior to a name change, and no positive general effects of a new name for other groups that renounced a foreign name. Based on these findings, we argue that these effects are due to name change as a response to discrimination.

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2009. Vol. 27, no 1, 127-147 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-44248DOI: 10.1086/593964ISI: 000263805300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-44248DiVA: diva2:360663
Available from: 2010-11-04 Created: 2010-11-04 Last updated: 2011-07-05Bibliographically approved

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