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How much did immigrant "quality" decline in late nineteenth century America?

Hatton, TJ (2000) How much did immigrant "quality" decline in late nineteenth century America? In: UNSPECIFIED, ? - ?.

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Abstract

Early twentieth century observers argued that recent American immigrants were inferior, and in particular less skilled, than the old. I estimate wage equations for 1909 allowing for different effects by nationality and for different characteristics on arrival. I then apply the estimated wage differentials to the immigrant composition to measure the effect of changing composition on immigrant earnings. Finally I ask how immigrant earning power changed relative to that of native Americans. I conclude that immigrant "quality" in terms of earnings did decline due to shifting composition but these effects are very small compared with those reported in studies of the post-second World War period.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: Journal of Population Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 10:36
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:09
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3320

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