Diversity and Employment Prospects: Neighbors Matter!

IEB Working Paper N. 2015/04

43 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2015

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Camille Hémet

University of Barcelona - Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB)

Date Written: February 9, 2015

Abstract

This paper explores how diversity affects individuals’ employment prospects, using data from the French Labor Force Survey. Employment correlates positively with local labor market diversity, but negatively with neighborhood diversity. Using an instrumental variable approach to deal with local labor market diversity drives the positive correlation to zero, confirming the suspicion of self-selection. Regarding neighborhood diversity, I adopt the strategy of Bayer et al. (2008), taking advantage of the very precise localization of the data: the negative effect of diversity is reinforced. I also show that nationality-based diversity matters more than parents’ origin-based diversity, giving insights on the underlying mechanisms.

Keywords: Diversity, employment, neighborhood effects

JEL Classification: J15, J60, R23, Z13

Suggested Citation

Hémet, Camille, Diversity and Employment Prospects: Neighbors Matter! (February 9, 2015). IEB Working Paper N. 2015/04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2580137 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2580137

Camille Hémet (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona - Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) ( email )

c/ Tinent Coronel Valenzuela, 1-11
Barcelona, 08034
Spain

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