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The Great Mexican Emigration

  • Gordon H. Hanson
  • Craig McIntosh

In this paper, we examine net emigration from Mexico over the period 1960 to 2000. The data are consistent with labor-supply shocks having made a substantial contribution to Mexican emigration, accounting for two fifths of Mexican labor flows to the U.S. over the last two decades of the 20th century. Net emigration rates by Mexican state birth-year cohort display a strong positive correlation with the initial size of the Mexican cohort, relative to the corresponding U.S. cohort. In states with long histories of emigration, the effects of cohort size on emigration are relatively strong, consistent with the existence of pre-existing networks.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 13675.

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Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Publication status: published as Gordon H Hanson & Craig McIntosh, 2010. "The Great Mexican Emigration," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 92(4), pages 798-810, October.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13675
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