Productivity of highly skilled immigrants: Economists in the postwar period

John M. Mcdowell, Larry D. Singell

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Prior work finds declining immigrant quality in the postwar period that is linked to source-country and skill-composition changes associated with the 1965 Immigration Act. This paper uses a unique panel of foreign- and native-born American Economic Association members to show that the highly skilled experienced a similar shift away from European migrants toward those from Asia. However, the findings do not indicate that this change in source-country composition has been accompanied by a decline in quality; rather, the most recent cohorts of foreign-born economists appear to be more productive than their native counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)672-684
Number of pages13
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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