Unwelcome Guests? The Effects of Refugees on the Educational Outcomes of Incumbent Students

58 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2017

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David N. Figlio

Northwestern University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Umut Ozek

American Institutes for Research

Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

The world is experiencing the second largest refugee crisis in a century, and one of the major points of contention involves the possible adverse effects of incoming refugees on host communities. We examine the effects of a large refugee influx into Florida public schools following the Haitian earthquake of 2010 using unique matched birth and schooling records. We find precise zero estimated effects of refugees on the educational outcomes of incumbent students in the year of the earthquake or in the two years that follow, regardless of the socioeconomic status, grade level, ethnicity, or birthplace of incumbent students.

Suggested Citation

Figlio, David N. and Ozek, Umut, Unwelcome Guests? The Effects of Refugees on the Educational Outcomes of Incumbent Students (August 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23661. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3018318

David N. Figlio (Contact Author)

Northwestern University ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Umut Ozek

American Institutes for Research

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