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The Regional Economics Applications Laboratory
Announces a Seminar by:

Peter Huber

Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO)
 

 "Ethnic diversity and the labour market integration of immigrants"*


* Co-authored with Thomas Horvath

October

7

3:00pm

Davenport Hall

137D

Abstract: An empirical analysis of the impact of ethnic diversity on the employment probability of immigrants indicates that lower educated recent immigrants profit less from ethnic diversity than more highly educated ones. This is consistent with the increased heterogeneity of the immigrant workforce leading to increased statistical discrimination against less educated immigrants. Such effects are, however, absent for established immigrants and for both recent and established immigrants’ unemployment probabilities. Also even the least educated recent immigrants have higher employment probabilities in ethnically more diverse regions. The positive effects of ethnic diversity thus compensate for any negative effects on less educated immigrants.
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