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Wealth and Asset Holdings of Immigrants in Germany

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  • Mathias Sinning

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This paper examines the relative wealth position and the portfolio choices of immigrants in Germany. The empirical findings reveal significant differences in overall wealth and various wealth components between German natives and immigrants. Differences in real estate constitute the major part of different levels of net worth, indicating that disparities in home-ownership rates are responsible for the main part of the overall wealth gap. Moreover, migrants’ degree of portfolio diversification is significantly lower than that of comparable natives. The results of a decomposition analysis suggest that diffrences in wealth and asset holdings may be explained by disparity in educational attainment to a sizable extent, while the effects of income differentials and differences in demographic characteristics are insignificant.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0030.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Keywords: International migration; wealth accumulation; decomposition analysis; multiple imputation;

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Cited by:
  1. Dustmann, Christian & Mestres, Josep, 2011. "Savings, Asset Holdings, and Temporary Migration," IZA Discussion Papers 5498, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Thomas Y. Mathä & Alessandro Porpiglia & Eva Sierminska, 2011. "The Immigrant/Native Wealth Gap in Germany, Italy and Luxembourg," BCL working papers 57, Central Bank of Luxembourg.
  3. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Vincent A. Hildebrand, 2008. "The Asset Portfolios of Native-born and Foreign-born Households," CEPR Discussion Papers 567, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.

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