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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 ()
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Carsten Feuerbaum: KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Marc Piopiunik: ifo Institute at the University of Munich and CESifo

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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 JEL Classification: J15; I20; R23; J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2018
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