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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

in International Migration

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269006
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601309 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199269009.003.0014

Series: International Studies in Demography

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

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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.

Keywords: cohort quality; immigrant cohorts; immigrant skills; immigrants; immigration policy; visa class

Chapter.  11507 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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