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Acquiring Human Capital through the Generations by Migration

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  • Smith, James P.

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  • Delaney, Liam

    () (University of Stirling)

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Our focus will be on the role of migration to the United States from a set of important European sending countries as a device for improving the human capital of the children and grandchildren of migrants as measured by their education. In this paper, we derive a new and conceptual more appropriate measure of the generational gains in schooling attributable to migration by taking into account the correct counter-factual – the generational education gains that would have taken place if these migrants had remained in their sending countries. We find that the two European countries where the descendants gained the most in terms of human capital are Italy and Poland.

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  • Smith, James P. & Delaney, Liam, 2013. "Acquiring Human Capital through the Generations by Migration," IZA Discussion Papers 7782, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7782
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    1. Liam Delaney & Alan Fernihough & James Smith, 2013. "Exporting Poor Health: The Irish in England," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), pages 2013-2035.
    2. Smith, James P, 1984. "Race and Human Capital," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, pages 685-698.
    3. Iris Kesternich & Bettina Siflinger & James P. Smith & Joachim K. Winter, 2014. "The Effects of World War II on Economic and Health Outcomes across Europe," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 96(1), pages 103-118, March.
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    education; human capital; migration;

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    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development

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