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Reverse assimilation? Immigrants in the Canadian labour market during the Great Depression

Kris Inwood, Chris Minns and Fraser Summerfield ()

Economic History Working Papers from London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History

Abstract: This paper uses Canadian Census data from 1911 to 1931 to trace the labour market assimilation of immigrants up to the onset of the Great Depression. We find that substantial earnings convergence between 1911 and 1921 was reversed between 1921 and 1931, with immigrants from Continental Europe experiencing a sharp decline in earnings relative to the native-born. The effect of Depression labour market conditions were particularly pronounced among older immigrants with long tenures in Canada.

Keywords: Canada; Immigrants; Assimilation; Earnings; Wages; Early 20th Century; Great Depression; Labour Markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J31 J61 N32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-06
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