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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar

Economic and cultural effects of living in an immigrant enclave: Evidence from the Industrial Removal Office

Leah Boustan (Princeton)

Tuesday 25 February 2020 14:00 - 15:30

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Unless otherwise specified, in-person seminars are open to the public.

Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom if the event is hybrid.


About this event

Many of the 30 million immigrants to the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1850-1920) settled in ethnic neighborhoods. We study the Industrial Removal Office, a community program that relocated 40,000 Jewish households from New York City enclaves to locations around the country. We link program participants and non-participants from the same neighborhoods from 1910 to the 1920 census (fathers) and the 1940 census (sons). Not surprisingly, participants held lower paying occupations than non-participants at baseline. Ten years later, participants completely converged in occupation-based earnings. The children of IRO participants retained these gains but did not converge further. Participants were also more likely to marry spouses with less Jewish names, a sign of cultural assimilation.

The Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at the LSE brings together faculty and PhD students who do quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, and political economy.

The PSPE Research Seminar provides a venue for researchers (mostly from outside of the LSE) to present their work.

These seminars are held on Tuesdays in term time at 14.00-15.30, both ONLINE AND IN PERSON in room 32L 3.05, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar coordinator: Mathilde Emeriau

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