Immigrant Artists: Enrichment or Displacement?

Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Forthcoming

33 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2020

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Karol Borowiecki

University of Southern Denmark

Kathryn Graddy

Brandeis University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: February 19, 2019

Abstract

In order to investigate the role of immigrant artists on the development of artistic clusters in U.S. cities, we use the U.S. Census and American Community Survey, collected every 10 years since 1850. We identify artists and art teachers, authors, musicians and music teachers, actors and actresses, architects, and journalists, their geographical location and their status as a native or an immigrant. We look at the relative growth rate of the immigrant population in these occupations over a ten year period and how it affects the relative growth rate of native-born individuals in these artistic occupations. We find that cities that experienced immigrant artist inflows, also see a greater inflow of native artists by about 40%.

Keywords: Migration, Agglomeration Economies, Cities, Artists

JEL Classification: J61, N30, Z11

Suggested Citation

Borowiecki, Karol and Graddy, Kathryn, Immigrant Artists: Enrichment or Displacement? (February 19, 2019). Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3341233 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3341233

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