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A Note on Measures of Human Capital for Immigrants: Examining the American Community Survey and New Immigrant Survey

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  • Akee, Randall K. Q.

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    (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Yuksel, Mutlu

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    (Dalhousie University)

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In this paper we examine whether where one acquires their human capital matters in earnings regressions. We focus on a nationally-representative US data set and find that there is little difference between a measure of total years of education and measures for US and foreign-based years of education. There is a large difference, however, in where total experience is acquired: US-based experience commands a higher return to wages and is statistically highly significant. The measures used in this analysis must be inferred based on the year of migration to the US. Using an immigrant-specific data set, the New Immigrant Survey which contains explicit information on the human capital acquired in the US and abroad, we confirm these results.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3897.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3897

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Cited by:
  1. Timothy J. Hatton & Andrew Leigh, 2007. "Immigrants Assimilate as Communities, not just as Individuals," CEPR Discussion Papers 547, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  2. Jennifer Hunt, 2013. "Are Immigrants the Best and Brightest U.S. Engineers?," NBER Working Papers 18696, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Hunt, Jennifer, 2010. "Which Immigrants Are Most Innovative and Entrepreneurial? Distinctions by Entry Visa," IZA Discussion Papers 4745, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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