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Measuring Income Assimilation of Migrants to Germany

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  • Ira N. Gang
  • John Landon-Lane
  • Myeong-Su Yun

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We measure the income assimilation of migrants to Germany employing a new measure of assimilation that uses the whole income distribution rather than selected moments. To do this we implement a discrete-state Markov chain to model the dynamics of the cross-sectional income distribution of migrants and natives in Germany. Bayesian methods allow us to fully characterize the limiting cross-sectional income distribution for migrants and natives, enabling us to compare our measures of assimilation in the limiting case. We find no evidence in this sample of income assimilation for migrants to Germany.

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  • Ira N. Gang & John Landon-Lane & Myeong-Su Yun, 2009. "Measuring Income Assimilation of Migrants to Germany," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 129(2), pages 333-342.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v129_y2009_i1_q1_p333-342
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    1. Abdulloev, Ilhom & Epstein, Gil S. & Gang, Ira N., 2014. "Ethnic Goods and Immigrant Assimilation," IZA Discussion Papers 8004, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Gang, Ira N. & Gatskova, Kseniia & Landon-Lane, John & Yun, Myeong-Su, 2016. "Vulnerability to Poverty: Tajikistan During and After the Global Financial Crisis," IZA Discussion Papers 10049, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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