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Immigrants assimilate as communities, not just as individuals

Hatton, Timothy; Leigh, Andrew


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...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Population Economics
DOI: 10.1007/s00148-009-0277-0


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