Immigration in American economic history

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan

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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. (JEL J11, J15, J24, J61, N31, N32).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1311-1345
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Economic Literature
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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