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

33 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2010

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Dennis Coates

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

T. H. Gindling

University of Maryland, Baltimore County; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

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.

Keywords: regional economic growth, Hispanics, migration

JEL Classification: R11, R23, O4

Suggested Citation

Coates, Dennis and Gindling, Thomas, Are Hispanic Immigrant Families Reviving the Economies of America's Small Towns?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4682, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1545109

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