When Weak Ties are Strong – Neighbour Analysis of Ethnic Enclaves

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Presenter: Ozge Oner, Lecturer in Spatial Economics and Real Estate, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

On the 4th March 2020, Ozge Oner presented her research work with fellow academics Professor Johan Klaesson, Research Institute of Industrial Economics and Dr Dieter Pennerstofer, Kepler University Linz.

Below is an abstract and also a video recording of the seminar with slide and audio.


This paper investigates the effects of ethnic enclaves on the economic prospects of newly arrived immigrants. Using a geo-coded full population longitudinal matched employer-employee data for Stockholm metropolitan region, the researchers created dyads between residential neighbourhoods and potential workplace neighbourhoods for newly arrived unemployed immigrants from the Balkans and the Middle East, who arrived in Sweden during two distinct time periods following wars. By estimating a conditional logit model on the first workplace location, the researchers control for unobserved individual heterogeneity, as well as general enclave effects stemming from the residential neighbourhood. The researchers found that immigrants are more likely to find their first jobs in locations where many ethnic peers from their neighbourhoods are employed. The analysis provides evidence for causal effects from ethnic networks on reducing labour market frictions associated with information on jobs and job locations.

Here is a list of the upcoming seminars:

Time Date Presenter Affiliation Room
1-3pm 25th of Mar Carlo Corradini University of Birmingham Law Building 204, University of Birmingham
1-3pm 8th of Apr Kristinn Hermannsson University of Glasgow Law Building 204, University of Birmingham
1-3pm 22th of Apr Marina Della Guista University of Reading Law Building 204, University of Birmingham
1-3pm 6th of May David Castells Aut. University of Barcelona Law Building 204, University of Birmingham
1-3pm 13th of May Elvira Uyarra The University of Manchester Law Building 204, University of Birmingham
1-3pm 20th of May Peter Batey University of Liverpool Law Building 204, University of Birmingham

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