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The Upward Mobility of the Children of Immigrants

June 02, 2022 (1 min read)

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan, Time Magazine, June 1, 2022

"Using millions of records of immigrant families from 1880 to 1940 and then again from 1980 to today, we find that the in past and still today children of immigrants surpass their parents and move up the economic ladder. If this is the American Dream, then immigrants achieve it—big time. One pattern that is particularly striking in the data is that the children of immigrants raised in households earning below the median income make substantial progress by the time they reach adulthood, both for the Ellis Island generation a century ago and for immigrants today."