European immigrants to America during the country's largest migration wave in the late 19th and early 20th centuries had earnings comparable to native-born Americans, contrary to the popular perception, according to new Stanford research.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an "open borders" United States absorbed millions of European immigrants in one of the largest mass migrations ever. New research by Stanford economist Ran Abramitzky challenges the perception that immigrants lagged behind native-born Americans in job pay and career growth.
This article challenges previous findings on the assimilation and economic outcomes of immigrants during the Age of Mass Migration. This soon to be published research was conducted and written by Stanford professor Ran Abramitzky, UCLA professor Leah Platt Boustan and Cal Poly professor Katherine Eriksson.