United States Immigration Policy: The 1965 Act and its Consequences

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    The United States Immigration Act of 1965 was followed by a steep upward trend in total immigration, and by a dramatic shift in the source-country composition away from Europe and towards Asia and Latin America. In this paper I ask if and how the 1965 Act generated these unanticipated consequences. The result was partly because of the pre-existing legislation and partly because of the admission of immigrants outside the terms of the Act. However, much of it was a result of the Act itself, and specifically because of family reunification effects that were larger, the poorer the source country.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)347-368
    JournalThe Scandinavian Journal of Economics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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