Immigrants and Savers: A Rich New Database on the Irish in 1850s New York

42 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2018

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Simone Wegge

CUNY College of Staten Island

Tyler Anbinder

George Washington University

Cormac O'Grada

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: April 22, 2017

Abstract

We describe a new dataset created from the first 18,000 savings accounts opened (from 1850 to 1858) at the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank in New York City. The bank was founded by Irish Americans and most of its depositors in its first decade of operations were recent Irish immigrants. The data offer a unique window on both savings behavior by the poor and not-so-poor in antebellum New York and on how emigrants who came primarily from rural parts of Ireland adapted to urban life. They also contain much that is new on the regional origins of mid-nineteenth century Irish immigrants and on their settlement patterns in New York.

Keywords: Savings Behavior, Irish Immigration, Social Mobility, New York

JEL Classification: N, J15, E21

Suggested Citation

Wegge, Simone and Anbinder, Tyler and O'Grada, Cormac, Immigrants and Savers: A Rich New Database on the Irish in 1850s New York (April 22, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2956886 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2956886

Simone Wegge

CUNY College of Staten Island ( email )

NY
United States

Tyler Anbinder

George Washington University ( email )

2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Cormac O'Grada (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Dublin 4, 4
Ireland

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