Research by Santiago Pérez Published in The Economic Journal

Italian Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island

In his recent publication, Santiago Pérez contrasts the lives of Italian immigrants who moved to Argentina versus the United States during the Age of Mass Migration. He finds that Italians assimilated much faster when migrating to Argentina than they did the United States. The Italians' higher human capital relative to the Argentinians and the similarities in the languages of Italian and Spanish are the main reasons for ease of assimilation. Pérez's publication demonstrates that the degree of similarity between a migrants’ characteristics and those of a receiving country are crucial to determining the ease of assimilation.

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