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Long-Run Convergence of Ethnic Skill Differentials: The Children and Grandchildren of the Great Migration

George J. Borjas
ILR Review
Vol. 47, No. 4 (Jul., 1994), pp. 553-573
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/2524658
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2524658
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

This paper investigates whether the ethnic skill differentials introduced into the United States by the inflow of very dissimilar immigrant groups during the Great Migration of 1880-1910 have disappeared during the past century. An analysis of the 1910, 1940, and 1980 Censuses and the General Social Surveys reveals that those ethnic differentials have indeed narrowed, but that it might take four generations, or roughly 100 years, for them to disappear. The analysis also indicates that the economic mobility experienced by American-born blacks, especially since World War Two, resembles that of the white ethnic groups that made up the Great Migration.

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