Earnings and Occupational Attainment Among Immigrants

12 Pages Posted: 12 May 2009

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Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of occupational attainment and the impact of occupation on earning among foreign-born men using the U.S. 2000 Census. Years of schooling and proficiency in English are the key factors determining access to high-paying occupations among immigrants. Foreign labor market experience, however, has a negative impact on current occupational status, especially among those in high-status jobs, due to the limited international transferability of skills acquired on the job.

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Miller, Paul W., Earnings and Occupational Attainment Among Immigrants. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 454-465, July 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1402971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00568.x

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