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Mexican Immigration And Self-Selection

Edited by Pablo Ibarraran and Darren Lubotsky

in Mexican Immigration to the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066325
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.003.0006
Mexican Immigration And Self-Selection

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This chapter uses data from the 2000 Mexican and U.S. Censuses to examine how the educational attainment of Mexican migrants to the United States compares to the educational attainment of those who remain in Mexico. The main finding is that low-skilled Mexicans are more likely than higher-skilled Mexicans to migrate to the United States. Mexican immigrants in the 2000 U.S. Census are older and significantly better-skilled than migrants in the 2000 Mexican Census. Though part of this discrepancy is likely caused by the particular sampling procedure of the Mexican Census, part is also likely caused by an undercount of young, largely illegal Mexican immigrants and overreporting of education in the U.S. Census.

Keywords: Mexican immigrants; educational attainment; low-skilled Mexicans; Census

Chapter.  13756 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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