Have the Occupational Skills of New Immigrants to the United States Declined Over Time? Evidence from the Immigrant Cohorts of 1977, 1982, and 1994

Guillermina Jasso

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    Abstract

    Examines whether immigrant occupational skills have declined over time using data collected by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service on cohorts of new immigrants admitted in fiscal years 1977, 1982, and 1994. Results indicate that average cohort quality declined slightly among men, but only trivially among women. Cohort changes differ by gender, visa class, and origin country, producing a mix of increases and decreases. On average there is evidence of cohort declines both within countries and within visa classes. The pattern of results suggests that a portion of the decline is due to changes in US immigration law and policies other than family reunification.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationInternational Migration
    Subtitle of host publicationProspects and Policies in a Global Market
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191601309
    ISBN (Print)0199269009, 9780199269006
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2004

    Keywords

    • Cohort quality
    • Immigrant cohorts
    • Immigrant skills
    • Immigrants
    • Immigration policy
    • Visa class

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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