Making It in America: Social Mobility in the Immigrant Population

  title={Making It in America: Social Mobility in the Immigrant Population},
  author={George J. Borjas},
  journal={The Future of Children},
  pages={55 - 71}
  • G. Borjas
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Economics
  • The Future of Children
In his survey of research on social mobility and U.S. immigration, George Borjas underscores two insights. First, most immigrants are at a sizable earnings disadvantage, relative to native-born workers. Second, the earnings of different groups of immigrants vary widely. The children of immigrants "catch up" to native-born workers slowly. The jump in relative wages between the first and second generations is somewhere between 5 and 10 percentage points. Of particular concern is that the age… 
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