The occupations and human capital of U.S. immigrants

Todd Schoellman

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Abstract

This paper develops a model of comparative advantage in labor markets in which workers with heterogeneous skills choose the occupations that best use those skills. Application to immigration suggests that the occupational differences between U.S. natives and immigrants arise from human capital differences. This principle makes it possible to estimate the human capital endowments of immigrants along five dimensions, including cognitive ability and physical skills, which are difficult to measure directly. Counterfactual simulations describe the distributional implications of immigration for native wages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Human Capital
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

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Human capital
Immigrants
Immigration
Labour market
Endowments
Simulation
Wages
Comparative advantage
Workers
Cognitive ability

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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The occupations and human capital of U.S. immigrants. / Schoellman, Todd.

In: Journal of Human Capital, Vol. 4, No. 1, 03.2010, p. 1-34.

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Schoellman, Todd. / The occupations and human capital of U.S. immigrants. In: Journal of Human Capital. 2010 ; Vol. 4, No. 1. pp. 1-34.
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