Which Factors Explain the Rising Ethnic Heterogeneity in Italy? An Empirical Analysis at Province Level

32 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2014

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Cristina Cattaneo

CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Date Written: April 23, 2014

Abstract

The paper investigates the determinants of ethnic heterogeneity of the Italian provinces. Among other factors, the paper tests empirically whether gradual improvements in distant communication boost the generation of ethnically heterogeneous provinces. Consequently to easier communication, movers increasingly rely on an enlarged community for identity transmission, rather than on localized peer effects of the ethnic enclaves. The empirical estimation provides support to this hypothesis. Improvements in internet communications are found to increase the ethnic diversity of the Italian provinces.

Keywords: Immigration, Ethnic Diversity, Productivity

JEL Classification: F22, J61, R11

Suggested Citation

Cattaneo, Cristina, Which Factors Explain the Rising Ethnic Heterogeneity in Italy? An Empirical Analysis at Province Level (April 23, 2014). FEEM Working Paper No. 34.2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2428135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2428135

Cristina Cattaneo (Contact Author)

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

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