Ethnic Networks and the Employment of Asylum Seekers: Evidence from Germany

23 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2020

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Felix Stips

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Krisztina Kis-Katos

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Abstract

Using novel registry data on the population of asylum seekers in Germany for the period from 2010 to 2016, and quasi-experimental variation induced by German allocation policies, we identify causal effects of the size and composition of local co-national networks on formal labor market access of asylum seekers. While the individual employment probability is not linked to network size, it increases with the number of employed local co-national asylum seekers and decreases with the number of non-employed network members, thereby underlining the central importance of network quality.

Keywords: social networks, refugees, employment, Germany, dispersal policies

JEL Classification: F22, J61, R23

Suggested Citation

Stips, Felix and Kis-Katos, Krisztina, Ethnic Networks and the Employment of Asylum Seekers: Evidence from Germany. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12903, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3525231

Felix Stips (Contact Author)

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Krisztina Kis-Katos

University of Goettingen (Göttingen) ( email )

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