FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2012 .068

Multicultural Cities, Communication and Transportation Improvements. An Empirical Analysis for Italy


Authors: Cristina Cattaneo
Series: Economy and Society
Editor: Giuseppe Sammarco
Keywords: Multicutural Cities, Ethnic Diversity, Productivity
JEL n.: R11, F22

Abstract

.The paper investigates the determinants of cosmopolitan cities. The hypothesis tested empirically is whether gradual improvements in distant communication boost the generation of ethnically heterogeneous cities. Consequently to easier communication, movers increasingly rely on an enlarged community for identity transmission, rather than on localized peer effects of segregated environment. The empirical estimation provides support to the prediction of the model. A better access to the airports as well as improvements in internet communications are found to increase city ethnic diversity.

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