Migration & Development

Migration & Development

OPR researchers have made significant and landmark contribution to theories, knowledge and social policy on migration and immigration in the US and around the world. Topics that OPR faculty are examining include the differential labor-market performance of migrants across European countries (Adsera), the effect of the Great Black Migration from the rural south during and after World War II, and the mass migration from Europe to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Boustan), the domestic consequences of international immigration, the political representation of immigrant-origin minorities, and the determinants of discrimination and ethnic conflict (Dancygier), and migration, economic restructuring, women in the labor force, and race and ethnicity (Fernandez-Kelly).

Related work analyzes how the rising share of black immigrants among the entire black population influence racial disparities in health and labor market outcomes among individuals who reside in the United States (Hamilton), interrogates the social mechanisms promoting and sustaining emigration from Mexico to the United States, develops a theoretical synthesis to account for immigration, and uses this framework to analyze the history of Mexico-U.S. migration, offer a critique of past U.S. policies, and suggest avenues for future reform (Massey; Mexican Migration Project), studies the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the role of institutions on national development, and immigration and the American health system (Portes).  OPR is affiliated with the Center for Migration and Development, run by Patricia Fernandez-Kelly.


Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. (forthcoming 2021). The effect of linguistic proximity and the labour market performance of immigrant men in Canada. Labour, doi:https://www.iza.org/publications/dp/9499/the-effect-of-linguistic-proximity-on-the-occupational-assimilation-of-immigrant-men-in-canada

Adsera, A., Pozza, D., Sergei, G., Kleine-Rueschkamp, L., & Nikolova, E. (forthcoming 2020). Height and well-being during the transition to market economy Economic Policy, doi:https://ssrn.com/abstract=3464572

Adsera, A. (2020). What is the most important factor likely to influence future fertility trends and why? international political economy and future fertility trends. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 18, 1. doi:https://austriaca.at/0xc1aa5576%200x003ba809.pdf

Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. M. (2020). Speeding up for a son: Sex ration imbalances by birth interval among south Asian migrants to Canada. Canadian Studies in Population, 47, 133.

de Jong, P., Adsera, A., & de Valk, H. (2019). The role of welfare in locational choices: Modelling intra-european migration decisions across the life-course. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, 111(2) doi:10.1111/tesg.12390.

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., & Connor, D. (2020). Leaving the enclave: Historical evidence on immigrant mobility from the industrial removal office
( No. 27372).National Bureau of Economic Research. doi:DOI 10.3386/w27372

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L., & Eriksson, K. (2020). Do immigrants assimilate more slowly today than in the past? American Economic Review: Insights, 2(1), 125. doi:DOI: 10.1257/aeri.20190079

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L., Eriksson, K., & Hao, S. (2020). Discrimination and the returns to cultural assimilation in the age of mass migration. American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, 110, 340. doi:DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20201090

Boustan, L. P., Kahn, M. E., Rhode, P. W., & Yanguas, M. L. (2020). The effect of natural disasters on economic activity in US counties: A century of data. Journal of Urban Economics, 1118 doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2020.103257

Abramitzky, R., Ager, P., Boustan, L. P., Cohen, E., & Hansen, C. W. (2019). The effects of immigration on the economy: Lessons from the 1920s border closure 
 ( No. 26536).National Bureau of Economic Research. doi:DOI 10.3386/w26536

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., & Eriksson, K. (2019). Replication data for: Europe's tired, poor, huddled masses: Self-selection and economic outcomes in the age of mass migration. Openicpsr, doi:https://www.openicpsr.org/openicpsr/project/112540/version/V1/view

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., Eriksson, K., Feigenbaum, J. J., & Pérez, S. (2019). Automated linking of historical data 
 ( No. 25825).National Bureau of Economic Research. doi:DOI 10.3386/w25825

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., Jácome, E., & Pérez, S. (2019). Intergenerational mobility of immigrants in the US over two centuries
 ( No. 26408).National Bureau of Economic Research. doi:DOI 10.3386/w26408

Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L., & Eriksson, K. (2019). To the new world and back again: Return migrants in the age of mass migration. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 72(2), 300. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0019793917726981

Ager, P., Boustan, L. P., & Eriksson, K. (2019). The intergenerational effects of a large wealth shock: White southerners after the civil war 
 ( No. 25700).National Bureau of Economic Research. doi:DOI 10.3386/w25700

Boustan, L. P. (2019). Replication data for: School desegregation and urban change: Evidence from city boundaries. Openicpsr, doi:https://www.openicpsr.org/openicpsr/project/113813/version/V1/view

Boustan, L. P., Margo, R. A., Miller, M. M., Reeves, J. M., & Steil, J. P. (2019). Does condominium development lead to gentrification?
 ( No. 26170).National Bureau of Economic Research. doi:DOI 10.3386/w26170

Alizade, J., Dancygier, R., & Ditlmann, R. (forthcoming). National penalties reversed: The local politics of citizenship and politician responsiveness to immigrants. Journal of Politics,

Dancygier, R., Egami, N., Jamal, A., & Rischke, R. (forthcoming). Hate crimes and gender imbalances: Fears over mate competition and violence against refugees. American Journal of Political Science,

Dancgier, R. (2020). Another progressive's dilemma: Immigration, the radical right & threats to gender equality Daedalus, 149(2), 56. doi:https://doi.org/10.1162/daed_a_01773

Dancygier, R. (2020). Another Progressive’s dilemma: Immigration, the radical right, and threats to gender equality. Daedalus, 149(1), 56-71.

Dancygier, R., Lindgren, K., Nyman, P., & Vernby, K. (2020). Candidate supply is not a barrier to immigrant representation: A Case–Control study
American Journal of Political Science, doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12553

Dancygier, R., & Margalit, Y. (2020). The evolution of the immigration debate: Evidence from a new dataset of party positions over the last half-century. Comparative Political Studies, 53(5), 734-774.

Dancygier, R. M., Lindgren, K. O., Nyman, P., & Vernby, K. (Social Science Research Network). The pipeline is not the problem: A Case–Control study of immigrants’ political underrepresentation. 2019, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3410939

Chou, W., Dancygier, R. M., Egami, N., & Jamal, A. (2019). The illusion of radical right partisan stability: How party positioning affects radical right voting in Germany. Social Science Research Network, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3411075

Dancygier, R. M., Egami, N., Jamal, A., & Rischke, R. (2019). Hating and mating: Fears over mate competition and violent hate crime against refugees. Social Science Research Network, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3358780

Vernby, K., & Dancygier, R. (2019). Can immigrants counteract employer discrimination? A factorial field experiment reveals the immutability of ethnic hierarchies. PLoS One., doi:doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0218044

Hamilton, T. G., & Hagos, R. (2021). Race and the healthy immigrant effect. . Public Policy & Aging Report., doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/ppar/praa042

Hamilton, T. G. (2020). Black immigrants and the changing portrait of black identity. Annual Review of Sociology, 46, 295. doi:https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-soc-121919-054728

Green Tiffany, & Hamilton, T. G. (2019). Intergenerational differences in smoking among west Indian, Haitian, Latin American, and African blacks in the united states. Demographic Research, 41, 713-752.

Green, T., & Hamilton, T. (2019). Maternal educational attainment and infant mortality in the united states: Does the gradient vary by race/ethnicity and nativity?
. Demographic Research, 41, 713. doi:doi:10.2307/26850665

Hamilton, T. G. (2019). Immigration and the remaking of black America. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

2021 “The Bipartisan Origins of White Nationalism.” Daedalus, forthcoming.

2021 “Unmasking Irregular Migration to the United States.” Forthcoming in Raúl Delgado Wise, ed., Handbook on Migration and Development. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing. (with Jorge Durand)

2021 “Evidencias de un Catástrofe en Venezuela.” Forthcoming in Susanne Gratius and José Manuel Puente, eds., El Conflicto Venezolano: Perspectiva Económica, Política e Internacional. Caracas: Instituto de Estudios Superiores in Administración, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. (with Magaly Sanchez)

2021 “What were the paradoxical consequences of militarizing the border with Mexico?.” Chapter 2 in Edward E. Telles and Raul Hinojosa, eds., Equitable Globalization? Migration, Trade and Race in US-Mexico Relations. Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming.

2021 “America's Unequal Metropolitan Geography: Segregation and the Spatial Concentration of Affluence and Poverty” Pp. 161-187 in Frances M. Rosenbluth and Margaret Weir, eds., Who Gets What? The New Politics of Insecurity. New York: Cambridge University Press. (with Jacob S. Rugh)

2020* “Lethal Violence and Migration in Mexico: An Analysis of Internal and International Moves.” Migraciones Internacionales 11(12):1-20. (with Jorge Durand and Karen A. Pren)

2020* “The Real Crisis at the Mexico-US Border: A Humanitarian and Not an Immigration Emergency.” Sociological Focus 35(3):787-805. 14

2020* “The Ethnosurvey Revisited: New Migrations, New Methodologies?'” Central and Eastern European Migration Review 8(2):9-38 (with Pawel Kaczmarczyk)

2020* “Immigration Policy Mismatches and Counterproductive Outcomes: Unauthorized Migration to the U.S. in Two Eras.” Comparative Migration Studies 8(21). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-020-00181-6

2020* “Still the Linchpin: Segregation and Stratification in the USA.” Race and Social Problems 12(1):1–12.

2020* "Creating the Exclusionist Society: From the War on Poverty to the War on Immigrants." Ethnic and Racial Studies 43(1):18-37. Reprinted as Chapter 2 in Alejandro Portes and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, eds, The End of Compassion: Children of Immigrants in the Age of Deportation. Milton Park, Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

2019 “Debacles at the Border: Five Decades of Fact-Free Immigration Policy.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 684: 6-20. (with Jorge Durand)

2019 “Evolution of the Mexico-U.S. Migration System: Insights from the Mexican Migration Project.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 684:21-42. (with Jorge Durand)

2019* “Humans Adapt to Social Diversity Over Time.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (25) 12244-12249. (with Miguel R. Ramos, Matthew R. Bennett, and Miles Hewstone)

Portes, A. (2020). Bifurcated immigration and an end to compassion. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(1), 2. doi:doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1667515

Haller, W., & Portes, A. (2019). Class and ambition in the status attainment process: A Spanish replication. The British Journal of Sociology, 70(5) doi:DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12695

Portes, A., & Aparicio, R. (2019). Longitudinal study of the second generation in spain (ILSEG), wave 2. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR),

Portes, A., & Martínez, B. (2019). Emerging global cities: Structural similarities and historical Differences/Ciudades globales emergentes: Similitudes estructurales y diferencias históricas. Revista Espanola De Sociologia, doi:doi:10.22325/fes/res.2019.35

Portes, A., & Martinez, B. P. (2019). They are not all the same: Immigrant enterprises, transnationalism, and development. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, , 1-17. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2018.1559995

Hendi, Arun S., Irma T. Elo, and Pekka Martikainen. 2021. “The Implications of Changing Education Distributions for Life Expectancy Gradients.” Forthcoming at Social Science & Medicine.

Vierboom, Yana C., Samuel H. Preston, and Arun S. Hendi. 2019. “Rising Geographic Inequality in Mortality in the United States.” Social Science & Medicine – Population Health 9: 100478. (PMCID: PMC6804490).

Hendi, Arun S. 2019. “Proximate Sources of Change in Trajectories of American First Marriage, 1960-2010.” Demography 56(3): 835-862. (PMCID: PMC6827978)

Portes, A., & Fernandez-Kelly, P. (2020). Children of Immigrants in New Places of Destination, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(1)https://doi.org/https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01419870.2019.1667517

Portes, A., & Fernandez-Kelly, P. (Eds.). (2020). The End of Compassion: Children of Immigrants in the Age of Deportation. Routledge.

Fernández-Kelly, P. (2020). The Integration Paradox: Contrasting Patterns in Adaptation Among Immigrant Children in Central New Jersey. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(1), 180. https://doi.org/https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01419870.2019.1667510

Fernández-Kelly, P. (2019). Reclaiming the Black and Asian Journeys. 
International Handbook of Migration Studies
(2nd ed., pp. 306). Routledge.


Leah Boustan - Cultural Assimilation During the Age of Mass Migration

Rafaela Dancygier - Asylum Seeker and Refugee Integration in Europe

Douglas Massey - Public Use Data on Mexican Immigration

Douglas Massey - The Social Demography of Latinos: A Comparative Regional Analysis