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The effect of social networks on migrants' labor market integration: a natural experiment

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"Empirically identifying the causal effect of social networks on migrants' economic prospects is a challenging task due to the non-random residential sorting of migrants into locations with greater opportunities for (previous) connections. Our study addresses this selection-bias issue by using a unique natural-experimental dataset of refugees and other migrants that were exogenously allocated to their first place of residence by German authorities. The empirical results reveal a positive causal effect of social networks on migrants' transition rate to the first job, but only if the networks are mobilized for the job search." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Gerxhani, Klarita; Kosyakova, Yuliya (2020): The effect of social networks on migrants' labor market integration: a natural experiment. (IAB-Discussion Paper, 03/2020), Nürnberg, 35 p.
 

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