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Immigrants assimilate as communities, not just as individuals

Hatton, TJ and Leigh, A (2011) 'Immigrants assimilate as communities, not just as individuals.' Journal of Population Economics, 24 (2). 389 - 419. ISSN 0933-1433

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The literature on the economic assimilation of immigrants generally treats them as atomistic individuals assimilating in a largely anonymous labour market. Here, we argue that immigrants assimilate as communities, not only as individuals. The longer the immigrant community has been established, the better adjusted it becomes, and the more the host society comes to accept that ethnic group. Using data from a 5% sample of the 1980, 1990 and 2000 US censuses, we find that the stronger is the tradition of immigration from a given source region, the better are the economic outcomes for subsequent immigrants from that source. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 13:30
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2021 00:15

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