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Title: Emigration from the UK to the USA, Canada and Australia/New Zealand, 1870-1913: Quantity and Quality

Author(s): Timothy J. Hatton

Publication Date: May 2021

Keyword(s): Migrant skills, Nineteenth Century and UK emigration

Programme Area(s): Economic History

Abstract: This paper revisits the determinants of emigration from the UK to the USA, Canada and Australia/New Zealand from 1870 to 1913. In the absence of restrictive immigration policies, the flow of emigration to these destinations responded to economic shocks and trends. Emigrants to Australia and New Zealand were more skilled on average than those heading across the Atlantic, a feature that does not correspond well with skill differentials in the manner predicted by the Roy model. While assisted passages (subsidised fares) increased the volume of emigration to Australia and New Zealand they cannot account for its higher skill content.

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Hatton, T. 2021. 'Emigration from the UK to the USA, Canada and Australia/New Zealand, 1870-1913: Quantity and Quality'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. https://cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=16162