Immigration in American Economic History
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.
We thank Steven Durlauf (editor), Matthias Blum, George Borjas, David Card, Giovanni Peri, Gavin Wright, and seven referees for helpful comments and encouragement. We are grateful for Santiago Perez for excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Ran Abramitzky & Leah Boustan, 2017. "Immigration in American Economic History," Journal of Economic Literature, vol 55(4), pages 1311-1345. citation courtesy of