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The Location of Immigrants in Italy : Disentangling Networks and Local Effects

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  • Hubert Jayet
  • Nadiya Ukrayinchuk
  • Giuseppe De Arcangelis

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This paper analyses the location choice of immigrants living in Italy in 2002-2007 and aims at separating the so called "network effect" from other locality-specific characteristics. The network effect is identified by the number of previous arrivals in the same location, whereas other local, geographically-specific characteristics-such as the local labour-market conditions or the presence of higher-quality amenities-are assumed to be time invariant. Our econometric estimation takes into account the spatial correlation in our data. The results show that, if local characteristics are the main factor explaining the spatial repartition of immigrants in Italy, network effects also have a sizable effect, particularly in the largest cities of Northern Italy.

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  • Hubert Jayet & Nadiya Ukrayinchuk & Giuseppe De Arcangelis, 2010. "The Location of Immigrants in Italy : Disentangling Networks and Local Effects," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 97-98, pages 329-350.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2010:i:97-98:p:329-350
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    5. Jose Villaverde & Adolfo Maza & María Hierro, 2011. "Regional international migration distribution in Spain: which factors are behind?," ERSA conference papers ersa11p530, European Regional Science Association.
    6. Gabriele Morettini & Andrea F. Presbitero & Massimo Tamberi, 2012. "Determinants of international migrations to Italian provinces," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(2), pages 1604-1617.

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