Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51740
Authors: 
Kanas, Agnieszka
Chiswick, Barry R.
van der Lippe, Tanja
van Tubergen, Frank
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5775
Abstract: 
Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we examined the impact of social contacts on immigrant occupational status and income. In addition to general social contacts, we also analyzed the effects of bonding (i.e., co-ethnic) and bridging (i.e., interethnic) ties on economic outcomes. Results show that general social contacts have a positive effect on the occupational status and, in particular, annual income of immigrants. We also find that bridging ties with Germans lead to higher occupational status, but not to increased income. These effects remain visible even when social contacts are measured (at least) one year prior to the economic outcomes, as well as when earlier investments in German human capital are considered. Finally, we show that co-ethnic concentration in the region of residence weakly affects economic returns to German language proficiency and schooling.
Subjects: 
immigrants
social contacts
occupational status
income
panel data
JEL: 
F22
J61
Z13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
210.21 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.