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Immigration in American Economic History

Author(s): Abramitzky, Ran; Boustan, Leah P.

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Abstract: The United States has long been perceived as a land of opportunity for immigrants. Yet, both in the past and today, US natives have expressed concern that immigrants fail to integrate into US society and lower wages for existing workers. This paper reviews the literatures on historical and contemporary migrant flows, yielding new insights on migrant selection, assimilation of immigrants into US economy and society, and the effect of immigration on the labor market.
Publication Date: Dec-2017
Citation: Abramitzky, Ran, Boustan, Leah. (2017). Immigration in American Economic History. Journal of Economic Literature, 55 (4), 1311 - 1345. doi:10.1257/jel.20151189
DOI: doi:10.1257/jel.20151189
ISSN: 0022-0515
Pages: 1311 - 1345
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Economic Literature
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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