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Social Mobility Barriers for Roma: Discrimination and Informal Institutions

Pavel Ciaian and d'Artis Kancs

No EERI RP 2017/15, EERI Research Paper Series from Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels

Abstract: This paper attempts to identify and document social mobility barriers for Roma. We have identi?ed two types of social mobility barriers: the cost of exit from the traditional Roma community, and the cost of entry into the mainstream society. Most of the existing policy and academic debate on the social and economic marginalisation of Roma has focused almost entirely on entry barriers. The main contribution of the current paper to the existing literature is to draw attention to exit barriers, which usually are neglected in the public debate and the academic literature. In the current paper we show that understanding both types of social mobility barriers for Roma is crucial for designing effective policy measures.

Keywords: Roma; informal institutions; self-enforcing institution; discrimination; self-isolation; social and economic marginalisation; exit/entry barriers; social mobility. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O17 O43 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-12-15
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