4.15 to 5.45pm, Thursday 19 November 2015, Room 901, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Presenter: Dr Cinzia Rienzo
This paper uses a UK nationally-representative data set to examine the extent to which family migration history helps explains inter-ethnic variations in subjective well-being. It confirms that there is significant variation in well-being across ethnic group and across migrant generations. On average, recent migrants appear to have higher levels of well-being. The research also find that, while language difficulties are associated with lower well-being, retaining cultural links is important: living in areas where one’s own ethnic group is well represented and having friends from the same ethnic group is associated with a higher level of well-being. Individuals’ choice to retain cultural ties and identity may alleviate feelings of cultural distance and difficulties with integration.
Cinzia Rienzo is a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research where she carries out applied microeconomics on migration, labour market, education and development economics. Previously she worked as a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics at Sussex University and as a research assistant at the CEP and MES at the London School of Economics. Cinzia is also Research Associate at COMPAS, University of Oxford and a contributor for the Migration Observatory.
Cinzia received her PhD in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MSc in Economics from Queen Mary University of London.