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Santiago Perez's research on social mobility of immigrants featured by New York Times

The Upshot section of the New York Times dedicated this week article to discuss the findings of Professor Pérez paper "Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the US Over Two Centuries" co-authored with Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan and Elisa Jácome.

The paper documents the success of children of immigrants in America in climbing the economic ladder, comparing fathers who had migrated from different countries. As summarized by the NY Times:  "New research linking millions of fathers and sons dating to the 1880s shows that children of poor immigrants in America have had greater success climbing the economic ladder than children of similarly poor fathers born in the United States. That pattern has been remarkably stable for more than a century, even as immigration laws have shifted and as the countries most likely to send immigrants to the United States have changed. The adult children of poor Mexican and Dominican immigrants in the country legally today achieve about the same relative economic success as children of poor immigrants from Finland or Scotland did a century ago."

 

For full NYT article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/upshot/immigration-america-rise-poor.html

For NBER Working Paper: https://www.nber.org/papers/w26408