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Is the Melting Pot Still Hot? Explaining the Resurgence of Immigrant Segregation

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  • David M. Cutler

    (Harvard University and NBER)

  • Edward L. Glaeser

    (Harvard University and NBER)

  • Jacob L. Vigdor

    (Duke University and NBER)

Abstract

This paper uses decennial Census data to examine the residential integration of the foreign born in the United States between 1910 and 2000. Immigrant segregation declined in the first part of the century, but has been rising over the past few decades. Recent immigrants tend to hail from countries with greater cultural distinctions from U.S. natives, whether economic, racial, or linguistic. These factors explain much of the increase in segregation after 1970. Evidence also points to changes in urban form, particularly native-driven suburbanization and the decline of public transit as a transportation mode, as an explanation for the new immigrant segregation. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • David M. Cutler & Edward L. Glaeser & Jacob L. Vigdor, 2008. "Is the Melting Pot Still Hot? Explaining the Resurgence of Immigrant Segregation," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 90(3), pages 478-497, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:90:y:2008:i:3:p:478-497
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    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy
    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General

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