Cultural Diversity and Cultural Distance as Choice Determinants of Migration Destination

Published as Wang et al (2016) in Spatial Economic Analysis, volume 11, issue 2, pp 176-200.

This is my first piece of academic works, coauthored with Thomas de Graaff and Peter Nijkamp. It uses an equilibrium sorting model to study migrants’ destination choices based on regional and individual characteristics in Europe. The main conclusion is that a region is attractive to potential migrants with various ethnic groups, as long as the immigrant groups’ values, norms and beliefs are not extremely different from the native group.

The journal even made an effort on a very vivid cartoon to disseminate the story, and we pretty much appreciate it.

RSEA cultural diversity


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