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The Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants

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  • George J. Borjas

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This paper analyzes the intergenerational mobility of immigrants. Using the 1940-1970 Censuses, the study reveals an important link between the earnings of immigrants and the earnings of their American-born children. Although there is some regression towards the mean, the earnings of second-generation Americans are strongly affected by variables describing economic conditions in the source countries of their parents. Current immigration policy, therefore, determines not only how immigrants perform in the labor market, but also determines tomorrow's differences in the labor market experiences of American-born ethnic groups.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3972.

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Date of creation: Jan 1992
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Publication status: published as Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 11, no. 1, part 1 (1993): 113-135.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3972

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