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The Economics of Cultural Diversity

Edited by Peter Nijkamp, Department of Spatial Economics, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, Poland, Jacques Poot, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand and Jessie Bakens, Department of Spatial Economics, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Sheffield Methods Institute, the University of Sheffield, UK
The populations of many countries in the world are becoming more culturally diverse. This spurs a growing need for an informed debate on the socio-economic implications of cultural diversity. This book offers a solid statistical and econometric perspective on this topical subject by bringing together studies from different countries in Europe and North America. The research sheds light on several consequences of cultural diversity including positive impacts on innovation, growth and entrepreneurship, as well as the negative social effects on communities. Throughout the volume, it is evident that the effects of cultural diversity on socio-economic outcomes depend largely on the characteristics of local economies, populations and communities.
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Publication Date: 2015
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The populations of many countries in the world are becoming more culturally diverse. This spurs a growing need for an informed debate on the socio-economic implications of cultural diversity. This book offers a solid statistical and econometric perspective on this topical subject by bringing together studies from different countries in Europe and North America.

The research in this volume sheds light on several consequences of cultural diversity, including positive impacts on innovation, growth and entrepreneurship. The original and quantitative contributions also highlight the negative social effects on communities. Throughout the volume, it is evident that the effects of cultural diversity on socio-economic outcomes depend largely on the characteristics of local economies, populations and communities.

Utilising a broad spectrum of research methods over a multitude of research areas, this comprehensive overview of the socio-economic impacts of cultural diversity is a valuable resource for students and academics.
Contributors: I. Abdulloev, M. Aleksynska, J. Bakens, W. Bernasco, M.R. Betz, S. Brunow, B.R. Chiswick, G.S. Epstein, I.N. Gang, M. Gheasi, J. Hartog, I. Lobach, J. Möhlmann, M. Nathan, P. Nijkamp, M.R. Olfert, B.J. Osoba, M.D. Partridge, G. Peri, J. Poot, E. Pungas, P. Rietveld, K. Shih, B. Stockinger, T.Tammaru, O. Toomet, A. Tubadji, A. Zorlu

Contents:

Preface
1. E Pluribus Prosperitas: On Cultural Diversity and Economic Development
Jessie Bakens, Peter Nijkamp and Jacques Poot

PART I: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY
2. Cultural Diversity – A Matter of Measurement
Peter Nijkamp and Jacques Poot

3. Ethnic Goods and Immigrant Assimilation
Ilhom Abdulloev, Gil S. Epstein and Ira N. Gang

4. The Determinants of Religiosity among Immigrants and the Native Born in Europe
Mariya Aleksynska and Barry R. Chiswick

5. Economic Integration Challenges: Aboriginal Population in Saskatchewan, Canada
M. Rose Olfert and Iryna Lobach

PART II: CULTURAL SEGREGATION AND SORTING
6. Canada’s Multiculturalism and Domestic Migration
Michael R. Betz, M. Rose Olfert and Mark D. Partridge

7. Do Better Educated Emigrants Intend to Return? Evidence from Estonian Return Migration from Finland
Enel Pungas, Ott Toomet and Tiit Tammaru

8. Ethnic Segregation and Crime: Are Offenders Ethnically Biased When Choosing Target Areas?
Wim Bernasco

9. Ethnic Heterogeneity at Neighbourhood Level in the Netherlands
Aslan Zorlu and Joop Hartog

PART III: SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY
10. Establishments’ Cultural Diversity and Innovation: Evidence from Germany
Stephan Brunow and Bastian Stockinger

11. All in the Mix? Top Team Demographics and Business Performance in English Firms, 2008-9
Max Nathan

12. The Cultural Percolation of New Knowledge: A Regional Analysis of the Cultural Impact on Knowledge Creation in EU27
Annie Tubadji and Peter Nijkamp

13. A US State-Level Analysis of Self-Employment, Cultural Diversity, and Risk Tolerance
Brian J. Osoba

14. Foreign Scientists and Engineers and Economic Growth in Canadian Labor Markets
Giovanni Peri and Kevin Shih

15. International Financial Transfers by Foreign Labour: Remittances from Informal Migrants
Masood Gheasi, Peter Nijkamp and Piet Rietveld

16. Ethnic Diversity and Firm Productivity in the Netherlands
Jan Möhlmann and Jessie Bakens

Index