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Profiling the New Immigrant Worker: The Effects of Skin Color and Height

dc.contributor.authorHersch, Joni, 1956-
dc.identifier.citation26 Journal of Labor Economics 345 (2008)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in economics journalen_US
dc.description.abstractUsing data from the New Immigrant Survey 2003, this paper shows that skin color and height affect wages among new lawful immigrants to the U.S. controlling for education, English language proficiency, occupation in source country, family background, ethnicity, race, and country of birth. Immigrants with the lightest skin color earn on average 17 percent more than comparable immigrants with the darkest skin color. Taller immigrants have higher wages, but weight does not affect wages. Controls for extensive current labor market characteristics that may be influenced by discrimination do not eliminate the negative effect of darker skin color on wages.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (44 pages)en_US
dc.publisherJournal of Labor Economicsen_US
dc.subject.lcshImmigrants -- Employment -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshDiscrimination in employment -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshHuman skin color -- Economic aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshColorism -- United Statesen_US
dc.titleProfiling the New Immigrant Worker: The Effects of Skin Color and Heighten_US

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