SEMINAR: Blessing or Burden? The Impact of Refugees on Businesses and the Informal Economy, 27 September 2018
May 23, 2018
September 27, 2018
Location: COMPAS boardroom, 58 Banbury Road, Oxford
Date and Time: September 27, 2018, 13.00 – 14.00
Presenter: Sandra Rozo, University of Southern California
Title: Blessing or Burden? The Impact of Refugees on Businesses and the Informal Economy
The paper studies the impacts of the involuntary migration of more than 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkish businesses operating in an economy with a large informal sector. For this purpose, we use firm annual censuses from 2006 to 2015 and exploit that as the Syrian Civil War intensified, refugees move disproportionately to Turkish provinces with a higher concentration of Arabic-speaking populations. We find that larger inflows of refugees induce a positive shock on firms intensive and extensive margins of production, largely concentrated in the informal economy. These effects are larger for smaller firms and those operating in construction, hotels, and restaurants.
* Sandwiches will be provided.