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
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.
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