Immigration and the Canadian Earnings Distribution in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

  title={Immigration and the Canadian Earnings Distribution in the First Half of the Twentieth Century},
  author={Alan G. Green and David A. Green},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={387 - 426}
We use newly available micro-data from the 1911 to 1941 Canadian Censuses to investigate the impact of immigration on the Canadian earnings distribution in the first half of the twentieth century. We show that Canadian inequality rose sharply in the inter-war years, particularly in the 1920s, coinciding with two of the largest immigration decades in Canadian history. We find that immigration was not the main force driving changes in the earnings distribution. This results from a combination of… 

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