Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2013.07.011
Title: Cultural diversity and economic growth: Evidence from the US during the age of mass migration
Authors: Ager, P.
Brückner, M. 
Keywords: Cultural diversity
Economic growth
Historical development
Immigration
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Citation: Ager, P., Brückner, M. (2013-11). Cultural diversity and economic growth: Evidence from the US during the age of mass migration. European Economic Review 64 : 76-97. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2013.07.011
Abstract: We exploit the large inflow of immigrants to the US during the 1870-1920 period to examine the effects that within-county changes in the cultural composition of the US population had on output growth. We construct measures of fractionalization and polarization to distinguish between the different effects of cultural diversity. Our main finding is that increases in cultural fractionalization significantly increased output, while increases in cultural polarization significantly decreased output. We address the issue of identifying the causal effects of cultural diversity by using the supply-push component of immigrant inflows as an instrumental variable. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: European Economic Review
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124314
ISSN: 00142921
DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2013.07.011
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