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How responsive is U.S. population growth to immigration? A situational sensitivity analysis


  • Tim Futing Liao


There has been public concern about the effect of immigration on population growth in the U.S. But how responsive is population growth to immigration? This paper examines the sensitivity of intrinsic population growth to immigration and situates such sensitivity in fertility and survival changes. The application of second derivatives on a modified Leslie matrix facilitates the analysis of situational sensitivity of U.S. population growth to immigration. The results show that the sensitivity to immigration is not as influential as the sensitivity to fertility, and that the sensitivity to immigration further depends on changes in fertility and survival.

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  • Tim Futing Liao, 2001. "How responsive is U.S. population growth to immigration? A situational sensitivity analysis," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3-4), pages 217-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:9:y:2001:i:3-4:p:217-229
    DOI: 10.1080/08898480109525505

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