The not-so-hot melting pot: the persistence of outcomes for descendants of the age of mass migration

ACDE Trade & Development Seminars


Zachary Ward, Research School of Economics, ANU.


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Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30

Large skill gaps across different immigrant sources may remain for generations; however, convergence past the second generation is typically unknown because data rarely include grandparent’s country of birth. I overcome this limitation with new historical data and show that skill differentials across European sources strongly persisted from the first generation in 1880 to the third generation in 1940.

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