DP3527 Enclaves, Language and the Location Choice of Migrants
|Author(s):||Thomas Bauer, Gil S Epstein, Ira Gang|
|Publication Date:||September 2002|
|Keyword(s):||enclave, ethnic concentration, ethnic goods, immigrants, language skills, networks|
|JEL(s):||F22, J15, J61|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=3527|
Empirical studies in the migration literature have shown that migration enclaves (networks) negatively affect the language proficiency of migrants. These studies, however, ignore the choice of location as a function of language skills. Using data on Mexican migration to the US, we show that migrants choose smaller networks as their English language proficiency improves.