Dynamic Effects of Co-Ethnic Networks on Immigrants' Economic Success
43 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 06, 2018
This paper investigates how the size of co-ethnic networks at the time of arrival affect the economic success of immigrants in Germany. Applying panel analysis with a large set of fixed effects and controls, we isolate the association between initial network size and long-run immigrant outcomes. We also look at those who were assigned to an initial location independently of their choice allows a causal interpretation of our estimates. We find that immigrants initially located in places with larger co-ethnic networks are more likely to be employed at first, but have a lower probability of investing in human capital.
Keywords: networks, immigration, human capital, employment
JEL Classification: J240, J610, R230
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