Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 99–118 | Cite as

Immigrant skills and ethnic spillovers

  • George J. Borjas


This paper investigates the hypothesis that ethnicity has spillover effects on the human capital accumulation process. It extends previous research by documenting the extent to which the relative importance of parental inputs and ethnic spillovers in the intergenerational transmission of skills differs both within and across immigrant and U.S.-born ethnic groups. Using data drawn from the General Social Surveys, the study documents that the second and third generations (i.e., the children and grandchildren of immigrants) experience relatively more rapid economic advancement than do other generations, and that ethnic spillovers play a stronger role in households which are at the extremes of the skill distribution.


Ethnic Group Human Capital Accumulation Process Spillover Effect Capital Accumulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George J. Borjas
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of California - San DiegoLa JolaUSA

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