Admission Criteria and Immigrant Earnings Profiles

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION REVIEW, Vol. 30, Summer 1996

Posted: 19 May 1998

See all articles by Harriet Orcutt Duleep

Harriet Orcutt Duleep

College of William & Mary - Policy School; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mark C. Regets

National Foundation for America Policy; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Global Labor Organization

Abstract

There has been an ongoing concern about the productivity of kinship-based immigrants in the U.S. labor market. Despite the policy importance of this issue, little empirical or theoretical attention has been devoted to learning the effect of different admission criteria on immigrants' economic performance. To estimate the effect of admission criteria on immigrant earnings profiles we use 1980 census data on individuals matched to Immigration and Naturalization Service information on admission criteria for country-of-origin/year-of-entry immigrant cohorts. We find that non-occupation-based immigration, most of which is family-based, is associated with lower entry earnings but higher earnings growth than occupation-based immigration. The higher estimated earnings growth is sufficient for non-occupation based immigrants to catch up with occupationally admitted immigrants after 11 to 18 years in the United States.

JEL Classification: J61

Suggested Citation

Duleep, Harriet Orcutt and Regets, Mark C., Admission Criteria and Immigrant Earnings Profiles. INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION REVIEW, Vol. 30, Summer 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3133

Harriet Orcutt Duleep (Contact Author)

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Mark C. Regets

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