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Self-Selection and the Earnings of Immigrants

George J. Borjas
The American Economic Review
Vol. 77, No. 4 (Sep., 1987), pp. 531-553
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1814529
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Self-Selection and the Earnings of Immigrants
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Abstract

This paper analyzes the way in which the earnings of the immigrant population may be expected to differ from the earnings of the native population because of the endogeneity of the decision to migrate. The empirical study shows that differences in the U.S. earnings of immigrants with the same measured skills, but from different home countries, are attributable to variations in political and economic conditions in the countries of origin at the time of migration.

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