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United States immigration policy: The 1965 act and its consequences

Hatton, TJ (2015) 'United States immigration policy: The 1965 act and its consequences.' Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117 (2). 347 - 368. ISSN 0347-0520

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© 2015 the editors of The Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 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
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 11:54
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:18

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