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Reward for being an immigrant: Earnings gap between immigrant and native-born West Indians

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  • B. Philip Jeon
  • Walter Simmons

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Motivated by recent findings of a diminishing earnings gap between the West Indians and other black workers, this study examines the earnings processes of immigrant and native-born West Indians in an effort to find the role of culture traits in their earnings. The decomposition of the earnings difference between immigrant and native-born West Indians indicates that a significant amount of the gap is unexplained by the observable labor market characteristics. Most of the observable human capital endowments of the immigrants are treated unfavorably by the market compared to those of the native-born West Indians. The earnings advantage of immigrants attributable to unobserved factors, however, turns out to be more than sufficient to overcome their market treatment adversity. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 1998

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  • B. Philip Jeon & Walter Simmons, 1998. "Reward for being an immigrant: Earnings gap between immigrant and native-born West Indians," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 26(3), pages 309-316, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:26:y:1998:i:3:p:309-316
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02299348
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    1. Simmons, Walter O., 2003. "The black earnings gap: discrimination or culture," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 647-655.

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