Streets of Gold - book talk with Leah Boustan

Sept. 28, 2022

Immigration is one of the most fraught, and possibly most misunderstood, topics in American social discourse. But in most cases, the things we believe about immigration are based largely on myth, not facts. In this new book, Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success, Princeton professor Leah Boustan and Stanford Professor Ran Abramitzky use the tools of modern data analysis to present new evidence about the past and present of the American Dream and debunk immigration myths fostered by political opportunism.

Leah Boustan is professor of economics and director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. She is also co-director of the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and serves as co-editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Her earlier prize-winning scholarly book, Competition in the Promised Land, examines the effect of the Great Black Migration from the rural South during and after World War II. She has written for The New York Times, The American Prospect, and Slate.

Watch this video of  Boustan's book talk and conversation with Matthew Yglesias, author of the Slow Boring newsletter, blog editor, and Vox co-founder.

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