Immigration, housing discrimination and employment

TitreImmigration, housing discrimination and employment
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuteursBoeri, T, De Philippis, M, Patacchini, E, Pellizzari, M
JournalThe Economic Journal

We use a new data set on Italy and a novel identification strategy to analyse the relationship betweenmigrants’ employment status and the percentage of non-Italians living nearby. Our data containinformation at the very local level and are representative of both legal and illegal migrants.Identification exploits the physical characteristics of local buildings as a source of exogenousvariation in the incidence of migrants. We find that migrants residing in more immigrant-dense areasare less likely to be employed. This penalty is higher if the migrants leaving nearby are illegal and it isnot mitigated if they are from own ethnic group or more proficient in Italian.

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