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Immigrants' Genes: Genetic Diversity and Economic Development in the US

Ager, Philipp and Brückner, Markus (2013): Immigrants' Genes: Genetic Diversity and Economic Development in the US.

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Abstract

We examine the effect of genetic diversity on economic development in the United States. Our estimation strategy exploits that immigrants from different countries of origin differed in their genetic diversity and that these immigrants settled in different regions. Based on a sample of over 2250 counties, we find that increases in genetic diversity of US counties that arose due to immigration during the 19th century had a significant positive effect on US counties' economic development. We also detect a significant positive long-run effect of 19th century immigrants' genetic diversity on contemporaneous measures of income.

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