publication . Article . 2016

Immigration and the Canadian Earnings Distribution in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Alan G. Green; David A. Green;
Open Access
  • Published: 18 May 2016
We use newly available micro data samples from the 1911, 1921, 1931 and 1941 Canadian Censuses to investigate the impact of immigration on the Canadian earnings distribution in the rst half of the 20th Century. We show that earnings inequality increased dramatically between 1911 and 1941, with most of the change occurring in the 1920s. This coincided with two of largest immigration decades in Canadian history (the 1910s and 1920s) and then the smallest immigration decade (1930s). We nd, however, that immigration was not a prime cause of the increase in inequality in these years. The relative lack of eect arose for three reasons. 1) in the laissez-faire immigrati...
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous), History, Economy, Earnings distribution, Demographic economics, Immigration, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Economics, General equilibrium theory, Inequality
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