A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration

  title={A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration},
  author={Ran Abramitzky and L. Boustan and K. Eriksson},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={467 - 506}
  • Ran Abramitzky, L. Boustan, K. Eriksson
  • Published 2014
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • During the Age of Mass Migration (1850–1913), the United States maintained an open border, absorbing 30 million European immigrants. Prior cross-sectional work finds that immigrants initially held lower-paid occupations than natives but converged over time. In newly assembled panel data, we show that, in fact, the average immigrant did not face a substantial occupation-based earnings penalty upon first arrival and experienced occupational advancement at the same rate as natives. Cross-sectional… CONTINUE READING
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