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Immigration and Product Diversity


Francesca Mazzolari


University of California, Irvine; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

David Neumark


University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

April 2009

NBER Working Paper No. w14900

Abstract:     
We study the effects of immigration on the diversity of consumption choices. Data from California in the 1990s indicate that immigration is associated with fewer stand-alone retail stores, and a greater number of large and in particular big-box retailers – evidence that likely contradicts a diversity-enhancing effect of immigration. In contrast, focusing on the restaurant sector for which we can better identify the types of products consumed by customers, we find that immigration is associated with increased ethnic diversity of restaurants. This latter effect appears to come in part from the comparative advantage of immigrants in the production of ethnic goods.

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Date posted: April 20, 2009  

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Mazzolari, Francesca and Neumark, David, Immigration and Product Diversity (April 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w14900. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1391847

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Francesca Mazzolari
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