Blessing or Burden? The Impact of Refugees on Businesses and the Informal Economy

27 September, 2018
COMPAS boardroom

Convened by: REMINDER

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.

Presenter: Sandra Rozo, University of Southern California

Date: 27 September, 2018
Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Sandwiches will be provided

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