Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52970
Authors: 
Borjas, George J.
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2003/78
Abstract: 
The most important economic feature of immigration to the United States in the post- 1965 period has been a significant deterioration in the economic performance of successive immigrant waves. The policy reaction to this trend would obviously differ if the entry wage disadvantage disappeared quickly, as the immigrants assimilated in the American economy and acquired skills and information valuable in the American labour market. This paper examines the determinants of economic assimilation, and discusses how the experience of earlier immigrant waves can provide valuable information about the assimilation process the new immigrants will likely experience.
Subjects: 
immigration
assimilation
economic integration
JEL: 
J10
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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