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Public Housing Magnets: Public Housing Supply and Immigrants' Location Choices

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  • Verdugo, Gregory

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This paper investigates how a reform allowing immigrants with children in France access to public housing during the 1970s influenced their initial location choices across local labour markets. We find that cities with higher public housing supplies have a large 'magnetic effect' on the location choice. The estimated effect is substantial and quantitatively similar to the effect of the size of the ethnic group in the urban area. In cities with higher public housing supply, these immigrants tend to benefit from better housing conditions, but non-European immigrants are also more likely to be unemployed.

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  • Verdugo, Gregory, 2014. "Public Housing Magnets: Public Housing Supply and Immigrants' Location Choices," IZA Discussion Papers 8629, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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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).
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    Keywords

    location choice; immigration; social housing; public housing;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • R50 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - General

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