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Multicultural Cities, Communication and Transportation Improvements: An Empirical Analysis for Italy

43 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2012  

Cristina Cattaneo

CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici; Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Date Written: October 16, 2012

Abstract

The paper investigates the determinants of cosmopolitan cities. The hypothesis tested empirically is whether gradual improvements in distant communication boost the generation of ethnically heterogeneous cities. Consequently to easier communication, movers increasingly rely on an enlarged community for identity transmission, rather than on localized peer effects of segregated environment. The empirical estimation provides support to the prediction of the model. A better access to the airports as well as improvements in internet communications are found to increase city ethnic diversity.

Keywords: Multicutural Cities, Ethnic Diversity, Productivity

JEL Classification: R11, F22

Suggested Citation

Cattaneo, Cristina, Multicultural Cities, Communication and Transportation Improvements: An Empirical Analysis for Italy (October 16, 2012). FEEM Working Paper No. 68.2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2162427 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2162427

Cristina Cattaneo (Contact Author)

CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici ( email )

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei ( email )

Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milan
Italy

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