FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2014 .034

Which Factors Explain the Rising Ethnic Heterogeneity in Italy? An Empirical Analysis at Province Level


Authors: Cristina Cattaneo
Series: Economy and Society
Editor: Giuseppe Sammarco
Keywords: Immigration, Ethnic Diversity, Productivity
JEL n.: F22, J61, R11

Abstract

The paper investigates the determinants of ethnic heterogeneity of the Italian provinces. Among other factors, the paper tests empirically whether gradual improvements in distant communication boost the generation of ethnically heterogeneous provinces. Consequently to easier communication, movers increasingly rely on an enlarged community for identity transmission, rather than on localized peer effects of the ethnic enclaves. The empirical estimation provides support to this hypothesis. Improvements in internet communications are found to increase the ethnic diversity of the Italian provinces.

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Suggested citation: Cattaneo, C., (2014), 'Which Factors Explain the Rising Ethnic Heterogeneity in Italy? An Empirical Analysis at Province Level', Nota di Lavoro 34.2014, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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