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The Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants

George J. Borjas

NBER Working Paper No. 3972
Issued in January 1992
NBER Program(s):   LS

This paper analyzes the intergenerational mobility of immigrants. Using the 1940-1970 Censuses, the study reveals an important link between the earnings of immigrants and the earnings of their American-born children. Although there is some regression towards the mean, the earnings of second-generation Americans are strongly affected by variables describing economic conditions in the source countries of their parents. Current immigration policy, therefore, determines not only how immigrants perform in the labor market, but also determines tomorrow's differences in the labor market experiences of American-born ethnic groups.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w3972

Published: Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 11, no. 1, part 1 (1993): 113-135. citation courtesy of

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