Earnings and Occupational Attainment among Immigrants1

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  • BARRY R. CHISWICK,

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       The authors’ affiliations are, respectively, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL and IZA-Institute for the Study of Labor; Business School, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia. E-mail: brchis@uic.edu. We thank Derby Voon for research assistance. Chiswick acknowledges research support from the Smith Richardson Foundation. Miller acknowledges financial assistance from the Australian Research Council.

  • PAUL W. MILLER


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.

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