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Immigrant Health--Selectivity and Acculturation

  • Guillermina Jasso

    (New York University)

  • Douglas S. Massey

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Mark R. Rosenzweig

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • James P. Smith

    (RAND)

This paper explores some salient issues concerning immigrant health. Ethnic health disparities are inherently linked to immigration since ethnic identities often are traced to the country of origin of one's immigrant ancestors. Two of the central questions that have dominated the medical and social science literature on immigrant health are the central focus of this paper. These issues involve the magnitude and mechanisms shaping health selectivity and the determinants of health trajectories following immigration. As part of this paper, we also developed a theoretical model that attempts to explain the diversity in health selection among immigrants.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 10 Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0412002
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