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Have the Poor Always Been Less Likely to Migrate? Evidence From Inheritance Practices During the Age of Mass Migration

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, Katherine Eriksson

NBER Working Paper No. 18298
Issued in August 2012

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We thank the organizers and participants at the 4th Migration and Development Conference at Harvard University in June 2011. We have also benefited from conversations with Timothy Bresnahan, Pascaline Dupas, Avner Greif, Hilary Hoynes, Aprajit Mahajan, Roy Mill, Joel Mokyr, Robert Pollak, Kjell G. Salvanes, Izi Sin, Gui Woolston, Gavin Wright and with seminar participants at UC-Davis and UCLA’s KALER group. We acknowledge financial support from the National Science Foundation (No. SES-0720901), the California Center for Population Research, and UCLA’s Center for Economic History. We are grateful to Ancestry.com and to FamilySearch.com (especially to Stephen Valentine) for allowing us access to census and other historical records. 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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