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


Randall Akee


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Mutlu Yuksel


Dalhousie University; IZA


IZA Discussion Paper No. 3897

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: immigrants, schooling, rates of return

JEL Classification: I21, J24, J61

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Date posted: December 22, 2008  

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Akee, Randall and Yuksel, Mutlu, A Note on Measures of Human Capital for Immigrants: Examining the American Community Survey and New Immigrant Survey. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3897. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1318856

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Randall Akee (Contact Author)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Mutlu Yuksel
Dalhousie University ( email )
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5
Canada
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