Enclaves, Language and the Location Choice of Migrants

14 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2002

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Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Ira N. Gang

Rutgers University - Economics Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: August 2002

Abstract

Empirical studies in the migration literature have shown that migration enclaves (networks) negatively affect the language proficiency of migrants. These studies, however, ignore the choice of location as a function of language skills. Using data on Mexican migration to the US, we show that migrants choose smaller networks as their English language proficiency improves.

Keywords: Immigrants, Language Skills, Enclave, Networks, Ethnic Goods, Ethnic Concentration

JEL Classification: J15, J61, F22

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas K. and Epstein, Gil S. and Gang, Ira N., Enclaves, Language and the Location Choice of Migrants (August 2002). IZA Discussion Paper No. 558. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=327570

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