Migration, Friendship Ties, and Cultural Assimilation

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Giovanni Facchini

University of Nottingham

Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Max Friedrich Steinhardt

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centro Studi Luca D'Agliano (LdA); Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

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Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

We study immigrant 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‚ÄźEconomic Panel, we find that immigrants with a German friend are more similar to natives than those without German friends, along several important dimensions, including concerns about the economy, an 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.

Keywords: Culture, ethnic minorities, social network formation

JEL Classification: A14, J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Facchini, Giovanni and Patacchini, Eleonora and Steinhardt, Max Friedrich, Migration, Friendship Ties, and Cultural Assimilation (April 2015). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 117, Issue 2, pp. 619-649, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584765 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12096

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