Citizenship in the United States: The Roles of Immigrant Characteristics and Country of Origin

68 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2008  

Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Abstract

This study develops and estimates a model of the naturalization process in the US. The model is based on both the characteristics of immigrants and features of their countries of origin. The empirical analysis is based on the 2000 US Census. Both the characteristics of immigrants and the origin-country variables are shown to be important determinants of citizenship status. The individual characteristics that have the most influence are educational attainment, age at migration, years since migration, veteran of the US armed forces, living with family, and spouses' educational attainment. The country of origin variables of most importance are their degree of civil liberties and political rights, GDP per capita, whether the origin country recognizes dual citizenship, and the geographic distance of the origin country from the US.

Keywords: immigrants, citizenship, country of origin, human capital

JEL Classification: I38, J15, J38, F22

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Miller, Paul W., Citizenship in the United States: The Roles of Immigrant Characteristics and Country of Origin. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3596. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1184006 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Barry R. Chiswick (Contact Author)

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Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

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