Prior work finds declining immigrant quality in the postwar period that is linked to source-country and skill-composition changes associated with the 1965 Immigration Act. This paper uses a unique panel of foreign- and native-born American Economic Association members to show that the highly skilled experienced a similar shift away from European migrants toward those from Asia. However, the findings do not indicate that this change in source-country composition has been accompanied by a decline in quality; rather, the most recent cohorts of foreign-born economists appear to be more productive than their native counterparts.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Oct 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Economics and Econometrics