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The economic performance of Asian immigrants entering the U.S. between 1975 and 1979
This study examines the economic performance of Asian
immigrants during their first years in the United States.
The earnings levels of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean,
and Vietnamese immigrants entering the U.S. between 1975 and
1979 were compared with the usual earnings patterns of immigrants
found in the work of Barry Chiswick. The primary
factors influencing the earnings levels of people in
different immigrant groups were found to be the transferability
of skills and levels of self-selection. These
factors are to be expected when using a study framework
based on a conventional human capital model. Earnings
equations were estimated using 1980 Census data to measure
earnings differentials between new Asian immigrants and the
native-born. The earnings levels of refugees (Vietnamese)
and economic immigrants (Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and
Korean) were compared to identify differences.