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United States Immigration Policy: The 1965 Act and its Consequences

Hatton, Timothy J (2015) 'United States Immigration Policy: The 1965 Act and its Consequences.' The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117 (2). pp. 347-368. ISSN 0347-0520

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The United States Immigration Act of 1965 was followed by a steep upward trend in total immigration, and by a dramatic shift in the source‐country composition away from Europe and towards Asia and Latin America. In this paper I ask if and how the 1965 Act generated these unanticipated consequences. The result was partly because of the pre‐existing legislation and partly because of the admission of immigrants outside the terms of the Act. However, much of it was a result of the Act itself, and specifically because of family reunification effects that were larger, the poorer the source country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immigration multiplier; policy reform; United States immigration; F22; J15; J61; N32
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 11:54
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:28

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