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This article investigates whether immigrant workers raise exports of the administrative areas in which they locate towards their origin countries. Leveraging variation in immigrants location generated by past immigrant enclaves, we do find a pro-trade effect of immigrants in Italy.

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Our findings suggest the immigrants may bring to native firms better knowledge of the foreign markets where they come from and also help with contract enforcement, increasing their export capacity.

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This page is a summary of: On the pro-trade effects of immigrants, Review of World Economics, April 2014, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s10290-014-0191-8.
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