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Are Hispanic Immigrant Families Reviving the Economies of America's Small Towns?

  • Coates, Dennis

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    (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

  • Gindling, T. H.

    ()

    (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

In the 1990s, rural areas and small towns in the United States, which had been losing population, became the destinations for an increasing number of Hispanic immigrants and their families, slowing and in some cases reversing population declines. In this paper, we examine whether faster growth in the Hispanic population is linked to faster growth in income per capita in rural areas and small towns. Our results indicate strong support for the hypothesis that Hispanic population growth has fueled increased economic growth in those small, rural communities whose populations had been in decline during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4682.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Publication status: published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2013, 31(4), 649-668
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4682
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