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Explaining US immigration 1971-1998

Clark, Ximena; Hatton, Timothy J; Williamson, Jeffrey G


In this paper we develop and estimate a model to explain the level and source country composition of immigration to the United States since the early 1970s. The model incorporates ratios to the US of source country income and education, and demographic structure, as well as relative inequality as suggested by the Roy model applied to migrant selection. In addition we incorporate the ‘friends and relatives effect’ as reflected in the stock of previous immigrants and a variety of variables...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Review of Economics and Statistics
DOI: 10.1162/rest.89.2.359


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