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The impact of September 11th, 2001 on the job prospects of foreigners with Arab background - Evidence from German labor market data

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  • NilS Braakmann

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    (Institute of Economics, University of Lüneburg)

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This paper examines whether the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001 have influence on the job prospects of Arabs in the German labor market. Using a large, representative database of the German working population, the attacks are treated as a natural experiment that may have caused an exogenous shift in attitudes toward persons who are perceived to be Arabs. Evidence from regression-adjusted difference-in-differences-estimates indicates the 9/11 did not cause a severe decline in job prospects. This result is robust over a wide range of control groups and several definitions of the sample and the observation period. Several explanations for this result, which is in line with prior evidence from Sweden, are offered.

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Paper provided by University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 37.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 18 Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:37

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  1. Sami Miaari & Asaf Zussman & Noam Zussman, 2012. "Ethnic conflict and job separations," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 25(2), pages 419-437, January.

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