Immigration, Ethnic Identity, and Assimilation: The Intergenerational Transmission of Immigrant Skills

  • George J. Borjas
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Part of the A Publication of the Egon-Sohmen-Foundation book series (EGON-SOHMEN)


The traditional perception of how immigrants and their ethnic offspring adjust to the United States is vividly depicted by the melting pot metaphor: over the course of two or three generations, immigrants are transformed from a collection of diverse national origin groups into a homogeneous native population. Beginning with Glazer and Moynihan (1963), modern sociological research argues that this metaphor does not correctly portray the ethnic experience in the United States. These studies instead suggest that many of the cultural and economic differences among immigrant groups are transmitted to their children, so that the heterogeneity found among today’s immigrants becomes the heterogeneity found among tomorrow’s ethnic groups.


Human Capital Ethnic Identity Intergenerational Transmission Child Quality Intergenerational Mobility 
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