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Migration, friendship ties, and cultural assimilation

Facchini, Giovanni; Patacchini, Eleanora; Steinhardt, Max F.


Eleanora Patacchini

Max F. Steinhardt


We study migrants’ assimilation by analyzing whether friendship with natives is a measure of cultural assimilation and by investigating the formation of social ties. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel, we find that migrants with a German friend are more similar to natives than those without along several important dimensions, including concerns about the economy, interest in politics and a host of policy issues. Turning to friendship acquisition, we find that becoming employed, time spent in the host country, the birth of a child, residential mobility and additional education acquired in the host country are significant drivers of social network variation.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Journal Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Print ISSN 0347-0520
Electronic ISSN 1467-9442
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 117
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Facchini, G., Patacchini, E., & Steinhardt, M. F. (2015). Migration, friendship ties, and cultural assimilation. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117(2), doi:10.1111/sjoe.12096
Keywords Culture, Social Network Formation, Ethnic minorities
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Facchini, G., Patacchini, E. and Steinhardt, M. F. (2015), Migration, Friendship Ties, and Cultural Assimilation. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117: 619–649, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/sjoe.12096
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This article is part of the CEPR project ‘Temporary Migration, Integration and the role of Policies’ (TEMPO) funded by the NORFACE Research Programme: ‘Migration in Europe—Social, Economic, Cultural and Policy Dynamics’


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