Arab immigrants in the United States: how and why do returns to education vary by country of origin?

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Author: Aly, Ashraf El-Araby; Ragan, James F.


Using US census data, the authors analyze the earnings of Arab males who completed their schooling before migrating to the United States. There is little return to precollege education, but education beyond 12 years is rewarded highly. Although Arabs share a common ethnicity, they are not a homogeneous group. Returns to education vary significantly by source-country, e.g., high for immigrants from Kuwait, low for Yemeni immigrants. Returns are related to economic development in the source-country and to pupil/teacher ratios. These findings have implications for immigration policy and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Migration; Demographics

Keywords: Return on education and training; Migrants; Ethnicity; Immigration

Geographic subjects: United States; North America; Arab countries

Published: Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Verlag, 2010

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Journal volume: 23

Journal number: 2

Journal date: March 2010

Pages: pp. 519-538

ISSN: 0933-1433, 1432-1475 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 111.158

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