Life satisfaction of immigrants: does cultural assimilation matter?

  title={Life satisfaction of immigrants: does cultural assimilation matter?},
  author={Viola Angelini and Laura Casi and Luca Latini Corazzini},
  journal={Journal of Population Economics},
To investigate empirically the association between a direct measure of assimilation with a host culture and immigrants’ subjective well-being, this study uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel. A positive, significant association arises between cultural assimilation and immigrants’ life satisfaction, even after controlling for several potential confounding factors, such as immigrants’ individual (demographic and socio-economic) characteristics and regional controls that capture their… 

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  • C. Dustmann
  • Economics, Sociology
    Journal of population economics
  • 1996
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