Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 389–419 | Cite as

Immigrants assimilate as communities, not just as individuals

Original Paper

Abstract

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 tradition of immigration from a given source region, the better are the economic outcomes for subsequent immigrants from that source.

Keywords

Immigrant assimilation Ethnic origin US labour market 

JEL Classification

F22 J15 J61 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  2. 2.Research School of EconomicsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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