Migration, friendship ties, and cultural assimilation

Facchini, Giovanni and Patacchini, Eleanora and Steinhardt, Max F. (2015) Migration, friendship ties, and cultural assimilation. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117 (2). pp. 619-649. ISSN 1467-9442

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Abstract

We study migrants’ assimilation by analyzing whether friendship with natives is a measure of cultural assimilation and by investigating the formation of social ties. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel, we find that migrants with a German friend are more similar to natives than those without along several important dimensions, including concerns about the economy, interest in politics and a host of policy issues. Turning to friendship acquisition, we find that becoming employed, time spent in the host country, the birth of a child, residential mobility and additional education acquired in the host country are significant drivers of social network variation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Facchini, G., Patacchini, E. and Steinhardt, M. F. (2015), Migration, Friendship Ties, and Cultural Assimilation. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117: 619–649, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/sjoe.12096 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. This article is part of the CEPR project ‘Temporary Migration, Integration and the role of Policies’ (TEMPO) funded by the NORFACE Research Programme: ‘Migration in Europe—Social, Economic, Cultural and Policy Dynamics’
Keywords: Culture, Social Network Formation, Ethnic minorities
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12096
Depositing User: Thakrar, Anandi
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 08:51
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2016 06:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/30496

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