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Economics of Immigration in the US: Past and Present

FRS 107

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The United States is often seen as a land of opportunity for immigrants. Yet, both in the past and the present, heated debates about migration policy loom large in public discourse. This class will discuss major issues in the economics of immigration: who migrates; who returns home; processes of economic and cultural assimilation; and the effects immigration may have on the economic opportunities of native-born workers. We will consider two main eras of US immigration history, the Age of Mass Migration from Europe (1850 -1920) and the recent period of migration from Asia and Latin America, along with U.S. border closings in the 1920s.
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