Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98877
Authors: 
Wang, Zhiling
de Graaff, Thomas
Nijkamp, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 14-066/VIII
Abstract: 
This study analyses the impact of cultural composition on regional attractiveness from the perspective of migrant sorting behaviour. We use an attitudinal survey to quantify cultural distances between natives and immigrants in the area concerned, and estimate the migrantsÂ’ varying preferences for both cultural diversity and cultural distance. To account for regional unobserved heterogeneity, our econometric analysis employs artificial instrumental variables, as developed by Bayer et al. (2004). The main conclusions are twofold. On the one hand, cultural diversity increases regional attractiveness. On the other hand, average cultural distance greatly weakens regional attractiveness, even when the presence of network effect is controlled for.
Subjects: 
migration
cultural diversity
cultural distance
destination choice
sorting
JEL: 
R2
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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