Immigrants' Genes: Genetic Diversity and Economic Development in the United States

16 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2018

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Philipp Ager

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Markus Brueckner

The Australian National University

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ager, Philipp and Brueckner, Markus, Immigrants' Genes: Genetic Diversity and Economic Development in the United States (April 2018). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 56, Issue 2, pp. 1149-1164, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3127906 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12540

Philipp Ager (Contact Author)

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics ( email )

DK-5230 Odense
Denmark

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Markus Brueckner

The Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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