Immigration and the Displacement of Incumbent Households

62 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2018

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Zeno Adams

University of St. Gallen

Kristian Blickle

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Date Written: February 28, 2018

Abstract

We make use of the universe of immigrants who arrived in Switzerland between 1992 and 2013, granular community level house price and wage data as well as detailed information on the Swiss population to study the effects of immigration on the location choice of incumbent households. Immigration influences a household’s location choice through three distinct channels: house price changes, labor market competition, and households’ sentiment regarding immigration. We find evidence of all three channels. However, we show that the channel to which a household responds most strongly depends on the type of immigration and the characteristics of the household. Our research provides valuable insights into some of the effects of large scale immigration.

Keywords: Immigration, House Prices, Wages, Employment, Gentrification, Displacement

JEL Classification: D14, D9, J61, R21, R23

Suggested Citation

Adams, Zeno and Blickle, Kristian, Immigration and the Displacement of Incumbent Households (February 28, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3131519 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3131519

Zeno Adams (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

Bodanstrasse 6
St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland

Kristian Blickle

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States

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