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Europe's tired, poor, huddled masses: Self-selection and economic outcomes in the age of mass migration

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, Katherine Eriksson

NBER Working Paper No. 15684
Issued in January 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

We have benefited from conversations with Timothy Bresnahan, Moshe Buchinsky, Dora Costa, Pascaline Dupas, Joseph Ferrie, Claudia Goldin, Avner Greif, Timothy Guinnane, Rick Hornbeck, Seema Jayachandran, Lawrence Katz, Naomi Lamoreaux, Shirlee Lichtman, Robert Margo, Roy Mill, Joel Mokyr, Paul Rhode, Kjell Salvanes, Izi Sin, Gunnar Thorvaldsen, Gui Woolston, Gavin Wright and members of the KALER group at UCLA. We thank seminar participants at Harvard, Humboldt, Queen’s, Simon Frasier, Toronto, Warwick and Yale, as well as conference participants at the Economic History Association, the Nordic Labor Economics Summer Institute, the Social Science History Association and the Development of the American Economy and Labor Studies groups at the NBER. Matthew Baird and Roy Mill helped to collect data from Ancestry.com. John Parman and Sula Sarkar generously shared data with us. We acknowledge financial support from the National Science Foundation, the California Center for Population Research and UCLA’s Center for Economic History. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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