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Immigrant Assimilation into U.S. Prisons, 1900-1930

Carolyn M. Moehling, Anne Morrison Piehl

NBER Working Paper No. 19083
Issued in May 2013
NBER Program(s):   DAE   LS

The analysis of a new dataset on state prisoners in the 1900 to 1930 censuses reveals that immigrants rapidly assimilated to native incarceration patterns. One feature of these data is that the second generation can be identified, allowing direct analysis of this group and allowing their exclusion from calculations of comparison rates for the “native” population. Although adult new arrivals were less likely than natives to be incarcerated, this likelihood was increasing with their years in the U.S. The foreign born who arrived as children and second generation immigrants had slightly higher rates of incarceration than natives of native parentage, but these differences disappear after controlling for nativity differences in urbanicity and occupational status. Finally, while the incarceration rates of new arrivals differ significantly by source country, patterns of assimilation are very similar.

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This paper was revised on July 17, 2013

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w19083

Published: Carolyn Moehling & Anne Piehl, 2014. "Immigrant assimilation into US prisons, 1900–1930," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 173-200, January.

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