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Wellbeing Seminars

Happiness Assimilation Amongst Migrants: Evidence from Australia

Paul Frijters (CEP, LSE)


Tuesday 10 September 2013 13:00 - 14:15

SAL 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH

About this event

In this paper we use an Australian panel dataset to see whether the happiness of migrants co-moves with that of the country they live in or the country they originate from. We find evidence that immigrants who have moved more recently to Australia are more affected by happiness changes in their country of origin than in their country of residence, though the speed with which migrants' happiness level co-move with native Australians is very quick: within one year of arrival the happiness level of the median migrant already co-moves some 93% with that of natives and only 7% with that of residents in the country of origin. Even migrants married to someone from a different country, changes are more responsive to local happiness levels than to residents in their country of origin. Immigrants' personality, economic status, and family structure were also found to play a significant role in explaining the speed with which migrants integrate into the host society.


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Directions

This event will take place in SAL 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH.

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This series is part of the CEP's Community Wellbeing programme.