Prospects for Immigrant-Native Wealth Assimilation: Evidence from Financial Market Participation
49 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2004
Date Written: November 2004
Because financial transactions are important for wealth accumulation, and rely on trust and confidence in institutions, the financial market behavior of immigrants can provide important insights into the assimilation process. Compared to the native-born, immigrants are less likely to own savings and checking accounts and these differences tend to persist over time. Our results suggest that a large share of the immigrant-native gap in financial market participation is driven by group differences in education, income, and geographic location. For a given immigrant, the likelihood of financial market participation decreases with higher levels of ethnic concentration in the metropolitan area.
Keywords: Financial market participation, immigration, wealth, assimilation
JEL Classification: D31, G11, J15
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