Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Economics and Finance

Committee Chair(s)

Lucas Rentschler


Lucas Rentschler


T. Scott Findley


Sherzod Akhundjanov


With a presidential race beginning in the United States, one topic that is sure to be discussed a lot in the news and by people trying to decide on who to vote for is whether or not the US should allow more immigrants into the country, and what the regulations surrounding these new entrants should look like. While this topic is usually only discussed during the campaign stretch, it isn’t new nor is it unimportant. For this reason, formal immigration research is abundant and used to inform the debate. This research has many strengths, but one area of focus that can greatly add to this conversation is experimental research done in a lab. The main discussion of this paper will be on the current discussion surrounding the link between the rate of immigration, the strength of social trust, and the rate of assimilation, and how laboratory experiments can enhance this discussion.

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