Early patterns of skill acquisition and immigrants' specialization in STEM careers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We provide empirical evidence of immigrants' specialization in skill acquisition well before entering the US labor market. Nationally representative datasets enable studying the academic trajectories of immigrant children, with a focus on high-school course-taking patterns and college major choice. Immigrant children accumulate skills in ways that reinforce comparative advantages in nonlanguage intensive skills such as mathematics and science, and this contributes to their growing numbers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. These results are compatible with well-established models of skill formation that emphasize dynamic complementarities of investments in learning.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rangel, MA; Shi, Y

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 116 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 484 - 489

PubMed ID

  • 30598440

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6329961

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.1812041116


  • eng