Selective emigration, cohort quality, and models of immigrant assimilation

David P. Lindstrom, Douglas S. Massey

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Most studies of immigrant assimilation estimate cross-sectional regression equations in which some outcome of interest, such as wage rates or language ability, is regressed on a measure of immigrant experience, usually time since arrival, while controlling for various indicators of human capital, social capital, and household socioeconomic status. By pooling successive censuses, George J. Borjas has carried out a period-cohort analysis to suggest that self-selection does play an important role in immigration. In each community, 200 households were selected using simple random sampling, with the exception of the two smallest communities where fewer households were chosen. Data for the alternative samples come from a detailed series of questions asked of all household heads about their most recent trip to the United States. Sample characteristics and regression results were compared between the census sample and a cross-sectional sample constructed from an alternative data source to measure the degree of potential bias stemming from underenumeration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe New Immigrant in the American Economy
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781135709105
ISBN (Print)9780815337065
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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