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Cultural Assimilation during the Age of Mass Migration

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, Katherine Eriksson

NBER Working Paper No. 22381
Issued in July 2016, Revised in September 2017

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful for the access to Census manuscripts provided by Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and the Minnesota Population Center. We benefited from the helpful comments we received at the DAE group of the NBER Summer Institute, the Munich “Long Shadow of History” conference, the Irvine conference on the Economics of Religion and Culture, the Cambridge conference on Networks, Institutions and Economic History, the AFD-World Bank Migration and Development Conference, and the Economic History Association. We also thank participants of seminars at Arizona State, Berkeley, Columbia, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA, UCSD, Warwick, Wharton, Wisconsin and Yale. We benefited from conversations with Cihan Artunc, Sascha Becker, Hoyt Bleakley, Davide Cantoni, Raj Chetty, Dora Costa, Dave Donaldson, Joe Ferrie, Price Fishback, Avner Greif, Eric Hilt, Naomi Lamoreaux, Victor Lavy, Joel Mokyr, Kaivan Munshi, Martha Olney, Luigi Pascali, Santiago Perez, Hillel Rapoport, Christina Romer, David Romer, Jared Rubin, Fabian Waldinger, Ludger Woessmann, Gavin Wright, and Noam Yuchtman. David Yang provided able 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.

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