Social deprivation of immigrants in Germany

Haisken-DeNew, John and Sinning, Mathias (2010) Social deprivation of immigrants in Germany. Review of Income and Wealth, 56 4: 715-733. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4991.2010.00417.x

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Author Haisken-DeNew, John
Sinning, Mathias
Title Social deprivation of immigrants in Germany
Journal name Review of Income and Wealth   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0034-6586
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1475-4991.2010.00417.x
Open Access Status
Volume 56
Issue 4
Start page 715
End page 733
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Language eng
Subject 2002 Cultural Studies
Abstract This paper investigates the extent to which immigrants in Germany are socially deprived compared to German natives. We demonstrate that when using a conventional definition of the social deprivation index typically applied in the literature, immigrants do not necessarily appear to be socially deprived. We propose a weighting scheme that weights components of social deprivation by their subjective contribution to an overall measure of life satisfaction. Using this weighting scheme to calculate an index of social deprivation, we find that immigrants experience a significant degree of social deprivation, confirming much of the economic literature examining the economic assimilation of immigrants in Germany. This result is driven by particularly high weights being attributed to employment. Also the size of the groups "in need" is smaller when using the innovative weighting scheme, allowing a more precise targeting of economic policy. © 2010 The Authors. Review of Income and Wealth
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