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Citizenship in the United States: The Roles of Immigrant Characteristics and Country of Origin

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  • Chiswick, Barry R.

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    (George Washington University)

  • Miller, Paul W.

    (Curtin University)

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This study develops and estimates a model of the naturalization process in the US. The model is based on both the characteristics of immigrants and features of their countries of origin. The empirical analysis is based on the 2000 US Census. Both the characteristics of immigrants and the origin-country variables are shown to be important determinants of citizenship status. The individual characteristics that have the most influence are educational attainment, age at migration, years since migration, veteran of the US armed forces, living with family, and spouses’ educational attainment. The country of origin variables of most importance are their degree of civil liberties and political rights, GDP per capita, whether the origin country recognizes dual citizenship, and the geographic distance of the origin country from the US.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3596.

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Length: 68 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Publication status: published in: Research in Labor Economics, 29, 2009, 91 - 130
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3596

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Keywords: country of origin; citizenship; human capital; immigrants;

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Cited by:
  1. Mariya Aleksynska & Yann Algan, 2010. "Economic and Cultural Assimilation and Integration of Immigration in Europe," Working Papers 2010-29, CEPII research center.
  2. Chiswick, Barry R., 2009. "Top Ten Myths and Fallacies Regarding Immigration," IZA Policy Papers, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 12, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. HILDEBRAND Vincent & PI ALPERIN Maria Noel & VAN KERM Philippe, 2012. "Measuring and accounting for the deprivation gap of Portuguese immigrants in Luxembourg," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2012-33, CEPS/INSTEAD.
  4. Aleksynska, Mariya, 2011. "Civic participation of immigrants in Europe: Assimilation, origin, and destination country effects," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 27(3), pages 566-585, September.

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