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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 of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: 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)
Pages: 42 pages
Date: 2016-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-hap, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
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Forthcoming - published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2017, 30(1), 265-306. Article

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