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Intergenerational and Inter-Ethnic Well-Being: An Analysis for the UK

Richard Dorsett (), Cinzia Rienzo and Martin Weale ()

No 451, National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers from National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Abstract: This paper uses a UK nationally representative data set to examine the extent to which family migration history helps explains inter-ethnic variations in subjective well-being. We confirm that there is significant variation in well-being across ethnic group and across migrant generations. On average, recent migrants appear to have higher levels of well-being. We also find that, while language difficulties are associated with lower well-being, retaining cultural links is important: living in areas where one’s own ethnic group is well represented and having friends from the same ethnic group is associated with a higher level of well-being. Individuals’ choice to retain cultural ties and identity may alleviate feelings of cultural distance and difficulties with integration.

Keywords: ethnic group; subjective well being; immigration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O15 R23 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-hap, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2015-07
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