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Information and Immigrant Settlement

Toman Barsbai, Victoria Licuanan (), Andreas Steinmayr, Erwin Tiongson () and Dean Yang ()

Working Papers from Faculty of Economics and Statistics, Universität Innsbruck

Abstract: We study a randomly-assigned program providing information on U.S. settlement for new Filipino immigrants. The intervention, a 2.5-hour pre-departure training and an accompanying paper handbook, has no effect on employment, settlement, and subjective wellbeing, but leads immigrants to acquire substantially fewer social network connections. We rationalize these findings with a simple model, showing that information and social network links are substitutes under reasonable assumptions. Consistent with the model, the treatment reduces social network links more when costs of acquiring network links are lower. Offsetting reductions in the acquisition of social network connections can hence reduce the effectiveness of information interventions.

Keywords: Immigrant integration; social networks; imperfect information; multiple hypothesis testing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 105
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hap, nep-mig, nep-net, nep-soc and nep-ure
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