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Social Housing and Location Choices of Immigrants in France

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  • Fougère, Denis

    () (Sciences Po, Paris)

  • Kramarz, Francis

    () (CREST (ENSAE))

  • Rathelot, Roland

    () (University of Warwick)

  • Safi, Mirna

    () (CREST-INSEE)

Abstract

Our study examines the empirical links between social housing policy and location choices of immigrants in France. More specifically, we characterize the main individual and contextual determinants of the probability for immigrants to live in a HLM (habitations à loyer modéré, dwelling with a moderate rent), which is the main public housing policy in France. For that purpose, we use individual information coming from large (one-fourth) extracts of the French population censuses conducted by INSEE (Paris) in 1982, 1990, and 1999. Our estimates show that, in general, migrants live more frequently in social housing than French natives, other observables being equal. In particular, this probability is higher for migrants from Turkey, Morocco, Southeast Asia, Algeria, Tunisia and Sub-Saharan Africa (in descending order). We find also that migrants of all origins live less often in a HLM when the city has plenty of social housing and when the fraction of natives is high.

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  • Fougère, Denis & Kramarz, Francis & Rathelot, Roland & Safi, Mirna, 2011. "Social Housing and Location Choices of Immigrants in France," IZA Discussion Papers 5557, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5557
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    1. De Giorgi, Giacomo & Pellizzari, Michele, 2009. "Welfare migration in Europe," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 353-363, August.
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    1. D'Albis, Hippolyte & Boubtane, Ekrame & Coulibaly, Dramane, 2017. "International Migration and Regional Housing Markets: Evidence from France," IZA Discussion Papers 10516, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Miyeon Park & Sungho Tae, 2016. "Suggestions of Policy Direction to Improve the Housing Quality in South Korea," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(5), pages 1-26, May.
    3. repec:eee:juecon:v:104:y:2018:i:c:p:104-123 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. repec:gam:jsusta:v:8:y:2016:i:5:p:438:d:69394 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    social housing; migration; social magnets;

    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • R38 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Government Policy

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