Ethnic Diversity and Well-Being
Alpaslan Akay (),
Amelie Constant (),
Corrado Giulietti () and
Martin Guzi ()
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Alpaslan Akay: University of Gothenburg
No 9726, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
This paper investigates how ethnic diversity, measured by the immigrants' countries of origin, influences the well-being of the host country. Using panel data from Germany for the period 1998 to 2012, we find a positive effect of ethnic diversity on the well-being of German citizens. To corroborate the robustness of our results, we estimate several alternative specifications and investigate possible causality issues, including non-random selection of natives and immigrants into regions. Finally, we explore productivity and social capital as potential mechanisms behind our finding.
Keywords: assimilation; subjective well-being; ethnic diversity; multiculturality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C90 D63 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-hap, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
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Published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2017, 30(1), 265-306. Article
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