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Migration and health

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There is large evidence in the literature of the so-called "Health Immigrant Effect" (IME): immigrants that arrive in the host country have better health than compared with the natives but this "health-advantage" disappears across-time or generations. The aim of this project is to explain this phenomenon. Among the possible explanations, we investigate whether immigrants' health depreciates faster overtime because immigrants substitute natives in physically demanding occupations. Therefore, we also investigate whether the presence of immigrants has an effect on natives' health. This project exploits the German Socio-economic Panel (GSOEP), a long panel survey that has started in 1982 and contains reach socio-economic information including information on health. Moreover this survey contains a large sample of immigrants for which we have information on their migration background. Finally, to evaluate the presence of an effect on natives' health, GSOEP data will be linked with time series data on immigration rates in German local areas. This project moved with Fabrizio Mazzonna to Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.

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