Immigrants' Genes: Genetic Diversity and Economic Development in the United States
16 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2018
Date Written: April 2018
This paper examines the relationship between immigrants' genetic diversity and economic development in the United States during the late nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries, a period commonly referred to as the age of mass migration from Europe to the New World. Our panel model estimates show that during this period, immigrants' genetic diversity is significantly positively correlated with measures of U.S. counties' economic development. There exists also a significant positive relationship between immigrants' genetic diversity in 1870 and contemporaneous measures of U.S. counties' average income.
JEL Classification: J11, O51, Z13
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