Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35800
Authors: 
Akee, Randall K. Q.
Yuksel, Mutlu
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3897
Abstract: 
In this paper we examine whether where one acquires their human capital matters in earnings regressions. We focus on a nationally-representative US data set and find that there is little difference between a measure of total years of education and measures for US and foreign-based years of education. There is a large difference, however, in where total experience is acquired: US-based experience commands a higher return to wages and is statistically highly significant. The measures used in this analysis must be inferred based on the year of migration to the US. Using an immigrant-specific data set, the New Immigrant Survey which contains explicit information on the human capital acquired in the US and abroad, we confirm these results.
Subjects: 
Immigrants
schooling
rates of return
JEL: 
I21
J24
J61
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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