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Polgreen Study: Immigrants Have Better Skills

With Congressional immigration legislation pending, a new study published in the Southern Economic Journal found that changes in immigration policy that control the types of immigrants admitted to the United States - especially the Immigration Act of 1990 - have had a direct effect on the overall skill level of new immigrants. The study, by Nicole Simpson, assistant professor of economics at Colgate, and LINNEA POLGREEN, a lecturer at the University of Iowa's economics department, also found that legal immigrants to the United States today have overall higher skill levels than foreigners entering the country in previous decades. The same story appeared on the Web site of RELIABLE PLANT magazine.


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