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Pogroms, Networks, and Migration: Jewish Migration from the Russian Empire to the United States 1881–1914

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall
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What determined the magnitude and the timing of the Jewish migration from the Pale of Settlement in czarist Russia to the United States? Using new data on the evolution of the geographic origins of the Jewish migration, Yannay Spitzer proposes a new narrative to explain this migration. As is commonly thought, economic motives and pogroms both played a role, but the dominant pattern is largely explained by a process of diffusion of migration networks. Yannay Spitzer is a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University and next year will join the department of economics at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, as an assistant professor.

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Sep 23 2014 - 6:00pm