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Immigration in American Economic History

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan

NBER Working Paper No. 21882
Issued in January 2016
NBER Program(s):Development of the American Economy, Labor Studies

The United States has long been perceived as a land of opportunity for immigrants. Yet, both in the past and today, US natives have expressed concern that immigrants fail to integrate into US society and lower wages for existing workers. This paper reviews the literatures on historical and contemporary migrant flows, yielding new insights on migrant selection, assimilation of immigrants into US economy and society, and the effect of immigration on the labor market.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21882

Published: Ran Abramitzky & Leah Boustan, 2017. "Immigration in American Economic History," Journal of Economic Literature, vol 55(4), pages 1311-1345. citation courtesy of

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