New Book, "Streets of Gold," Busts Myths About Immigration

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For centuries, America has lured millions of immigrants here with dreams of rising from rags to riches in a short amount of time. But the authors of  “Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success,” say that story is mostly a myth. The authors, Stanford professor Ran Abramitzky and Princeton professor Leah Boustan bust other popular opinions about immigration, such as the idea that immigrants “take all the jobs,” “refuse to assimilate,” and pose all kinds of threats to the “American way of life.” Abramitzky and Boustan spent years combing through data that painted different narratives than most Americans are used to hearing. They will join us to bust myths about immigrants and share what the research really says about immigration, past and present.


Leah Boustan, professor of economics and director of the Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University

Ran Abramitzky, professor of economics and Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, Stanford University