Social deprivation of immigrants in Germany

John P Haisken-DeNew, Mathias Sinning

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)715-733
    JournalReview of Income and Wealth
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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