Ethnic Enclaves and Human Capital Investments

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 03.04.2012, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Abdurrahman Aydemir (Sabanci University)


This paper provides quasi-experimental evidence of the impact of ethnic enclaves on human capital investments. Results suggest that refugees living in enclaves invest more in both language and job related training contrary to the findings of the earlier literature. The paper also explores the impact of ethnic enclaves on labor market outcomes. The results show that enclaves do not have negative impacts on earnings consistent with other quasi-experimental evidence. The role of ethnic enclaves in fostering human capital investments documented in this paper may be an important channel deriving the net effects of ethnic enclaves on earnings reported by the quasi-experimental studies in the literature.

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