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dc.contributor.authorChiswick, Barry R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWenz, Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-12-09en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T09:11:53Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T09:11:53Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/33446-
dc.description.abstractThis paper is an analysis of the English-language proficiency and labor market earnings of adult male Soviet Jewish immigrants to the United States from 1965 to 2000, using the 2000 Census of Population. Comparisons are made to similar analyses using the 1980 and 1990 Censuses. A consistent finding is that recently arrived Soviet Jewish immigrants have lower levels of English proficiency and earnings than other immigrants, other variables being the same. However, they have a steeper improvement in both proficiency and earnings with duration in the United States and the differences from the other European immigrants disappear after a few years. The Soviet Jewish immigrants have both a higher level of schooling and a larger effect of schooling on earnings than other immigrants, even other European immigrants. The lower initial English proficiency and earnings, the steeper improvement with duration and the rapid attainment of parity is consistent with the refugee nature of their migration, as distinct from being purely economic migrants. That the same pattern exists across three censuses suggests that the low English proficiency and earnings of those recently arrived in the 2000 Census data reflects a refugee assimilation process, and not a decline in the unmeasured dimensions of the earnings potential of recent cohorts of Soviet Jewish immigrants. The very high level of schooling and the larger effect of schooling on earnings among Soviet Jewish immigrants is similar to the patterns found among Jews born in the United States. Soviet Jewish immigrants appear to have made a very successful linguistic and labor market adjustment, regardless of their period of entry into the United States.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 1726en_US
dc.subject.jelF22en_US
dc.subject.jelJ6en_US
dc.subject.jelJ31en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordearningsen_US
dc.subject.keywordlanguage proficiencyen_US
dc.subject.keywordimmigrantsen_US
dc.subject.keywordJewsen_US
dc.subject.keywordSoviet Unionen_US
dc.subject.stwJudenen_US
dc.subject.stwRussenen_US
dc.subject.stwMehrsprachigkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommenen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Integrationen_US
dc.subject.stwSch├Ątzungen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleThe linguistic and economic adjustment of Soviet Jewish immigrants in the United States, 1980 to 2000en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn499450523en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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