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Life satisfaction of immigrants: does cultural assimilation matter?


  • Viola Angelini

    () (University of Groeningen)

  • Laura Casi

    () (Bocconi University)

  • Luca Corazzini

    () (University of Padova)


We empirically assess the relationship between cultural assimilation and subjective well-being of immigrants by using the German Socio-Economic Panel, a longitudinal dataset including information on both the economic and non economic conditions of the respondents. We find that the more immigrants identify with the German culture and fluently speak the national language, the more they report to be satisfied with their lives. This result is robust to several potential confounding factors, including a large number of individual variables (demographic, educational, social, economic and health), labour market outcomes and the external social conditions of the immigrant.

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  • Viola Angelini & Laura Casi & Luca Corazzini, 2013. "Life satisfaction of immigrants: does cultural assimilation matter?," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0168, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
  • Handle: RePEc:pad:wpaper:0168

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    assimilation; identity; life-satisfaction; immigration.;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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