January 2020

IZA DP No. 12903: Ethnic Networks and the Employment of Asylum Seekers: Evidence from Germany

Felix Stips, Krisztina Kis-Katos

published as 'The impact of co-national networks on asylum seekers' employment: Quasi-experimental evidence from Germany.' in: PLOS One, 2020, 15 (8), e0236996

Using novel registry data on the population of asylum seekers in Germany for the period from 2010 to 2016, and quasi-experimental variation induced by German allocation policies, we identify causal effects of the size and composition of local co-national networks on formal labor market access of asylum seekers. While the individual employment probability is not linked to network size, it increases with the number of employed local co-national asylum seekers and decreases with the number of non-employed network members, thereby underlining the central importance of network quality.