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National Origin and Immigrant Welfare Recipiency

George J. Borjas, Stephen J. Trejo

NBER Working Paper No. 4029
Issued in March 1992
NBER Program(s):   LS

This paper explores national origin differences in the welfare recipiency of immigrants

to the United States. We develop an economic model of immigration which generates

implications about how welfare utilization should vary according to characteristics of the

country of origin. The empirical analysis reveals that a few source country characteristics

explain over two-thirds of the variance of welfare recipiency rates across national origin

groups, and changes in the average source country characteristics of the foreign-born

population between 1970 and 1980 can account for most of the rise in immigrant welfare use that occurred over the decade.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4029

Published: Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 50, no. 3 (1993): 325-344. citation courtesy of

 
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