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Mexican Immigration to the United States$
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George J. Borjas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066325

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.001.0001

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Mexican Immigration And Self-Selection

Mexican Immigration And Self-Selection

New Evidence from the 2000 Mexican Census

Chapter:
(p.159) 5 Mexican Immigration And Self-Selection
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Mexican Immigration to the United States
Author(s):
Pablo Ibarraran, Darren Lubotsky
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.003.0006

This chapter uses data from the 2000 Mexican and U.S. Censuses to examine how the educational attainment of Mexican migrants to the United States compares to the educational attainment of those who remain in Mexico. The main finding is that low-skilled Mexicans are more likely than higher-skilled Mexicans to migrate to the United States. Mexican immigrants in the 2000 U.S. Census are older and significantly better-skilled than migrants in the 2000 Mexican Census. Though part of this discrepancy is likely caused by the particular sampling procedure of the Mexican Census, part is also likely caused by an undercount of young, largely illegal Mexican immigrants and overreporting of education in the U.S. Census.

Keywords:   Mexican immigrants, educational attainment, low-skilled Mexicans, Census

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