Wage Distributions in Origin Societies and Occupational Choices of Immigrant Generations in the US
No 685, GLO Discussion Paper Series from Global Labor Organization (GLO)
This paper studies the occupational selection among generations of immigrants in the United States and links their choices to the occupational wage distribution in their country of origin. The empirical results suggest that individuals are more likely to take up an occupation in the US that was more lucrative in the origin country, conditional on individual demographics, parental human capital, and ethnic networks. However, the importance of the origin wage declines with the length of time that immigrants spend in the US and over generations. Information friction may be an explanation.
Keywords: immigrants; occupational choices; origin wage; intergenerational transmission; assimilation; human capital; information (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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