IMMIGRANTS' GENES: GENETIC DIVERSITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNITED STATES

Philipp Ager, Markus Brueckner

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the relationship between immigrants' genetic diversity and economic development in the United States during the late nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries, a period commonly referred to as the age of mass migration from Europe to the New World. Our panel model estimates show that during this period, immigrants' genetic diversity is significantly positively correlated with measures of U.S. counties' economic development. There exists also a significant positive relationship between immigrants' genetic diversity in 1870 and contemporaneous measures of U.S. counties' average income. (JEL J11, O51, Z13).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1149-1164
    Number of pages16
    JournalEconomic Inquiry
    Volume56
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

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