Department of Economics

Michele Battisti (Cesifo)

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Welcome to our research seminar with Ph.D. student Michele Battisti (Cesifo).

Title: Dynamic Effects of Co-Ethnic Networks on Immigrants' Economic Success.


This paper investigates how the size of co-ethnic networks at arrival affected the economic success of immigrants in Germany. Applying panel analysis with a large set of fixed effects and controls, we isolate the association between initial network size and long-run immigrant outcomes. Focusing on those who were assigned to an initial location independently of their choice allows a causal interpretation of the estimated coefficient. We find that immigrants initially located in places with larger co-ethnic networks are more likely to be employed at first, but have a lower probability of investing in human capital.