Ethnic Enclaves and the Economic Success of Immigrants - Evidence from a Natural Experiment

  title={Ethnic Enclaves and the Economic Success of Immigrants - Evidence from a Natural Experiment},
  author={Per-Anders Edin and Peter Fredriksson},
  journal={CEPR Discussion Paper Series},
Recent immigrants tend to locate in ethnic ”enclaves” within metropolitan areas. The economic consequence of living in such enclaves is still an unresolved issue. We use an immigrant policy initiative in Sweden, when government authorities distributed refugee immigrants across locales in a way that may be considered exogenous. This policy initiative provides a unique natural experiment, which allows us to estimate the causal effect on labor market outcomes of living in enclaves. We find… 

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