Selection and Assimilation of Migrants: Lessons from Argentina During the Age of Mass Migration

Argentina Flag on Pavement at the feet of an arriving traveler

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Seminar co-organized with the Grupo de Estudios Migratorios UC, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Speaker: Santiago Pérez, Assistant Professor, Economics, UC Davis

Moderator: Pedro Iacobelli, Faculty Member, Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Discussant: José Tessada, Associate Professor at the Business School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile



Santiago Pérez earned his PhD at Stanford University in 2017. His areas of specialization include economic history, development economics, and labor economics. His current work focuses on historical social mobility and on the labor market outcomes of international immigrants.


Argentina was the second largest destination country during the Age of Mass Migration (1850-1913), receiving nearly six million migrants. This presentation will: (1) introduce new empirical evidence on the selection of Italian (the largest sending country) migrants to Argentina, and (2) summarize recent findings on the long-term economic assimilation of migrants and their children.

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