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Immigrant health: selectivity and acculturation

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  • Guillermina Jasso
  • Douglas S. Massey
  • Mark R. Rosenzweig
  • James P. Smith

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This paper explores some salient issues concerning immigrant health. Ethnic health disparities are inherently linked to immigration since ethnic identities often are traced to the country of origin of one's immigrant ancestors. Two of the central questions that have dominated the medical and social science literature on immigrant health are the central focus of this paper. These issues involve the magnitude and mechanisms shaping health selectivity and the determinants of health trajectories following immigration. As part of this paper, we also developed a theoretical model that attempts to explain the diversity in health selection among immigrants.

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Paper provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series IFS Working Papers with number W04/23.

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Length: 48 pp.
Date of creation: Jan 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:04/23

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  6. James P. Smith, 1999. "Healthy Bodies and Thick Wallets: The Dual Relation between Health and Economic Status," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 13(2), pages 145-166, Spring.
  7. Guillermina Jasso & Mark Rosensweig & James P. Smith, 2003. "The Earnings of US immigrants," Labor and Demography 0312007, EconWPA.
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