Variations in Naturalization Premiums by Country of Origin

  • Miao Chi
  • Michael CoonEmail author
Original Article


This study uses the 2013–2017 American Community Survey to explore differences in the returns to obtaining US citizenship for immigrants from the four largest source countries relative to all other immigrants. We find that Chinese, Mexican, and Filipino immigrants face a wage penalty prior to naturalization, while Indian immigrants experience higher wages than other immigrants. Naturalization more than offsets the wage penalty for Chinese and Filipino immigrants and partially offsets the wage penalty for Mexican immigrants. However, naturalized Indian immigrants earn less than non-naturalized Indian immigrants. We find only limited evidence of a naturalization premium for immigrants from other countries.


Immigration Naturalization Visa Quotas 

JEL Classification

J31 J38 J61 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and BusinessDrew UniversityMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Economics, Sykes College of BusinessUniversity of TampaTampaUSA

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