, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 357–361 | Cite as

Long-Run convergence of ethnic skill differentials, revisited

Immigration, Assimilation, and Inequality


In my original study, “Long-Run Convergence of Ethnic Skill Differentials,” I concluded that the ethnic differentials introduced by the Great Migration seemed to persist into the second and third generations. Alba, Lutz, and Vesselinov argue that my study contained a number of conceptual and data problems, and conclude that the correlation between the skills of the first and the third generations disappears when these problems are taken into account. My reanalysis of the Alba et al. data, however, documents a stronger link between the skills of the first and the third generations than suggested by those authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kennedy School of GovernmentHarvard UniversityHarvardUSA
  2. 2.National Bureau of Economic ResearchUSA

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