Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180359
Authors: 
Danzer, Alexander M.
Feuerbaum, Carsten
Piopiunik, Marc
Wößmann, Ludger
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 7097
Abstract: 
Does a high regional concentration of immigrants of the same ethnicity affect immigrant children’s acquisition of host-country language skills and educational attainment? We exploit the exogenous placement of guest workers from five ethnicities across German regions during the 1960s and 1970s in a model with region and ethnicity fixed effects. Our results indicate that exposure to a higher own-ethnic concentration impairs immigrant children’s host-country language proficiency and increases school dropout. A key mediating factor for this effect is parents’ lower speaking proficiency in the host-country language, whereas inter-ethnic contacts with natives and economic conditions do not play a role.
Subjects: 
immigrant children
ethnic concentration
language
education
guest workers
JEL: 
J15
I20
R23
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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