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Why Some Immigrants Succeed More

VU International News and Reviews No. 97 September 11 2017

September 2017

In the series of working papers of the US National Bureau for Economic Research, Edward Lazear from Stanford analyses in “Why Are Some Immigrant Groups More Successful Than Others?” why some immigrants in the US are more successful than others. The main implications from the modelling study of immigrants from Algeria, Israel and Japan are that average immigrant attainment is inversely related to the number admitted from an origin country and positively related to the population of that origin country: The more selective is immigration policy, the higher is the educational attainment of the group.

The study seems to look at the issue only from an economic modelling point of view; arguably, it is an example of the second flaw I mention in my note (below) that is rather too frequent in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


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