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Immigration and the Family

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  • George J. Borjas
  • Stephen G. Bronars

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This paper studies the role of the family in determining the skill composition and labor market experiences of immigrants in the United States. Our theoretical framework, based on the assumption that family migration decisions maximize household income, shows that the family attenuates the selection characterizing the skills of the immigrant population. The empirical analysis uses the 1970 and 1980 Public Use Samples of the U.S. Census, and reveals that an immigrant's skills and labor market performance are greatly influenced by the composition of the household at the time of migration, and by his placement in the immigration chain.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3509.

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Date of creation: Nov 1990
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Publication status: published as Borjas, George J & Bronars, Stephen G. "Immigration and the Family," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 9(2), pages 123-48, April 1991.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3509

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