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Growing up in Ethnic Enclaves: Language Proficiency and Educational Attainment of Immigrant Children

Alexander Danzer (), Carsten Feuerbaum, Marc Piopiunik and Ludger Woessmann ()

No 180, Working Papers from Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)

Abstract: Does a high regional concentration of immigrants of the same ethnicity affect immigrant children’s acquisition of host-country language skills and educational attainment? We exploit the exogenous placement of guest workers from five ethnicities across German regions during the 1960s and 1970s in a model with region and ethnicity fixed effects. Our results indicate that exposure to a higher own-ethnic concentration impairs immigrant children’s host-country language proficiency and increases school dropout. A key mediating factor for this effect is parents’ lower speaking proficiency in the host-country language, whereas inter-ethnic contacts with natives and economic conditions do not play a role.

Keywords: immigrant children; ethnic concentration; language; education; guest workers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 I20 R23 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-eur, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2018-06
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