Immigration, Innovation, and Growth

@article{Burchardi2020ImmigrationIA,
  title={Immigration, Innovation, and Growth},
  author={Konrad B. Burchardi and Thomas Chaney and Tarek Alexander Hassan and Lisa Tarquinio and Stephen J. Terry},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  year={2020}
}
We show a causal impact of immigration on innovation and dynamism in US counties. To identify the causal impact of immigration, we use 130 years of detailed data on migrations from foreign countries to US counties to isolate quasi-random variation in the ancestry composition of US counties that results purely from the interaction of two historical forces: (i) changes over time in the relative attractiveness of different destinations within the US to the average migrant arriving at the time and… 

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