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Migration and Human Capital Formation: Theory and Evidence from the U.S. High School Movement


Rodney Ramcharan


Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB)

July 2002

IMF Working Paper No. 02/123

Abstract:     
In 1910, 12 percent of American 14-17 year olds were enrolled in high school; by 1930, enrollment had increased to 50 percent; enrollment in Britain was 12 percent in 1950. This paper argues that by increasing the skill premium, the massive inflows of European unskilled immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century engendered America's sharp rise in human capital investment. The increased enrollments raised the supply of schools, leading to continued schooling investment. Cross section evidence and a VAR analysis of the time series data support the hypothesized role of immigration in generating the high school movement.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: factor movements, human capital formation

JEL Classification: F22, F43, N32

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Date posted: February 1, 2006  

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Ramcharan, Rodney, Migration and Human Capital Formation: Theory and Evidence from the U.S. High School Movement (July 2002). IMF Working Paper, Vol. , pp. 1-40, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=879881

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Rodney Ramcharan (Contact Author)
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) ( email )
20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20551
United States
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