American Economic Review: Vol. 104 No. 5 (May 2014)

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Does the US Labor Market Reward International Experience?

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Pozo, Susan. 2014. "Does the US Labor Market Reward International Experience?" American Economic Review, 104(5): 250-54.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.5.250

Abstract

A typical strategy for measuring the returns to international experience—comparing the earnings of returning migrants to comparable non-migrants—has been criticized for not adequately accounting for self-selection. I suggest an alternative, testing whether individuals born beyond US borders, but into US citizenship, earn more in US labor markets relative to counterparts born on US soil. Those born abroad to US citizens did not self-select an international experience. Using the ACS, I find that the US market rewards international experience, especially in occupations that value creativity and innovation. Women, in particular, are handsomely rewarded for international human capital.

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Pozo, Susan (Western MI U)

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J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
J61: Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers


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