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Immigrant language barriers and house prices

Fischer, Andreas M.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
Abstract
Are language skills important in explaining the nexus between house prices and immigrant inflows? The language barrier hypothesis says immigrants from a non common language country value amenities more than immigrants from common language countries.> ; In turn, immigrants from non common language countries are less price sensitive to house price changes than immigrants from a common language country. Tests of the language barrier hypothesis with Swiss house prices show that an immigration inflow from a non common language country equal to 1 percent of an area's population is coincident with an increase in prices for single-family homes of about 4.9 percent. Immi...
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free text keywords: jel:R21, jel:F22, jel:J61
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