Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/92229
Authors: 
Betz, William
Simpson, Nicole B.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Migration [ISSN:] 2193-9039 [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Volume:] 2 [Year:] 2013 [Pages:] 1-21
Abstract: 
Very little is understood about how immigrants affect the happiness, or subjective well-being of natives. We use the European Social Survey to analyze the effects of aggregate immigration flows on the subjective well-being of native-born populations in a panel of 26 countries between 2002 and 2010. We find that recent immigrant flows have a nonlinear, yet overall positive impact on the well-being of natives, with the largest effects coming from immigrant flows arriving in the previous year. Our results are small in magnitude and in practical application; only large immigrant flows would affect native well-being significantly.
Subjects: 
international migration
happiness
life satisfaction
JEL: 
F22
I31
O15
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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