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ERIC Number: EJ846145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Peer Effects in Welfare Dependence: Quasi-Experimental Evidence
Aslund, Olof; Fredriksson, Peter
Journal of Human Resources, v44 n3 p798-825 Sum 2009
This paper examines peer effects in welfare use among refugees. We exploit a Swedish refugee placement policy, which generated exogenous variation in peer group composition. Our analysis distinguishes between the quantity of contacts--the number of individuals of the same ethnicity--and the quality of contacts--welfare use among members of the ethnic group. Long-term welfare dependence increases if the individual is placed in a welfare dependent community. The number of contacts is either irrelevant or negatively related to welfare receipt; not controlling for residential self-selection yields the opposite conclusion. The results are very similar across household types and in different parts of the predicted earnings distribution. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure and 29 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden