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

24 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2008  

Randall Akee

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mutlu Yuksel

Dalhousie University; IZA

Abstract

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.

Keywords: immigrants, schooling, rates of return

JEL Classification: I21, J24, J61

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318856

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Mutlu Yuksel

Dalhousie University ( email )

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