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Immigrants Assimilate as Communities, not just as Individuals

Hatton, Timothy J; Leigh, Andrew

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There is a large econometric literature that examines the economic assimilation of immigrants in the United States and elsewhere. On the whole immigrants are seen as atomistic individuals assimilating in a largely anonymous labour market, a view that runs counter to the spirit of the equally large literature on ethnic groups. Here we argue that immigrants assimilate as communities, not just as individuals. The longer the immigrant community has been established the better adjusted it is to the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007-03
Type: Working/Technical Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/45268

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