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Outline of an Economic Theory of Assimilation

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  • Schaeffer, Peter V.

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In an age of mass immigration, assimilation is critical not only to the success of the immigrants but also to the success of their descendants and of the host society. This paper presents an outline for an economic theory of assimilation based on the assumption that both immigrants and natives invest in assimilation, that both may in fact move in the direction of the "other," and that the notion of "distance" is subjective and reversible.

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  • Schaeffer, Peter V., 2006. "Outline of an Economic Theory of Assimilation," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 36(2).
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    1. Yujie Wu & Michael C Seeborg, 2012. "Economic assimilation of Mexican and Chinese immigrants in the United States: is there wage convergence?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(3), pages 1978-1991.

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