Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141485
Authors: 
Akay, Alpaslan
Constant, Amelie F.
Giulietti, Corrado
Guzi, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9726
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.
Subjects: 
ethnic diversity
subjective well-being
assimilation
multiculturality
JEL: 
C90
D63
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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