Birthplace diversity and economic prosperity

  title={Birthplace diversity and economic prosperity},
  author={Alberto F. Alesina and Johann D. Harnoss and Hillel Rapoport},
  journal={Journal of Economic Growth},
We propose an index of population diversity based on people’s birthplaces and decompose it into a size (share of immigrants) and a variety (diversity of immigrants) component. We show that birthplace diversity is largely uncorrelated with ethnic, linguistic or genetic diversity and that the diversity of immigrants relates positively to measures of economic prosperity. This holds especially for skilled immigrants in richer countries at intermediate levels of cultural proximity. We address… Expand
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