"The Best Country in the World": The Surprising Social Mobility of New York’s Irish Famine Immigrants

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Title: "The Best Country in the World": The Surprising Social Mobility of New York’s Irish Famine Immigrants
Authors: Anbinder, TylerÓ Gráda, CormacWegge, Simone
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12562
Date: Aug-2021
Online since: 2021-10-19T11:19:08Z
Abstract: We use databases we have created from the records of New York’s Emigrant Savings Bank, founded by pre-Famine Irish immigrants and their children to serve Famine era immigrants, to study the social mobility of bank customers and, by extension, Irish immigrants more generally. We infer that New York’s Famine Irish had a greater range of employment opportunities open to them than perhaps commonly acknowledged, and that the majority were eventually able to move a rung or two up the American socio-economic ladder, supporting the conviction of many Famine immigrants that the U.S. was indeed “the best country in the world.”
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Start page: 1
End page: 37
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP2021/21
Copyright (published version): 2021 the Authors
Keywords: FamineMigrationIrelandNew York
JEL Codes: N0; N3; J6; G21
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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