A Paradox of Economic Prosperity and Social Integration?

35 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2016

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Zhiling Wang

Tinbergen Institute; Erasmus University Rotterdam

Date Written: February 24, 2016


This paper investigates the consequences of local labour market conditions on immigrants' social network formation, with an emphasis on the co-ethnic contact and the contact with the natives. A job and residential search model is derived and empirically tested for the case of immigrants in the Netherlands. It is found that a higher job arrival rate, and a larger wage difference between the ethnic labour market and the host labour market, both lead to more co-ethnic network developed, less native network developed, and the choice of more ethnically concentrated areas. A paradox of economic prosperity and social integration has been found in the sense that immigrants spontaneously assimilate less into host society in good times of the economy at the destination country.

Keywords: social networks, regional labour market, immigrants

JEL Classification: R23, J15, Z13

Suggested Citation

Wang, Zhiling, A Paradox of Economic Prosperity and Social Integration? (February 24, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2737601

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