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Changes in the economic fortunes of Pacific Islanders in the USA in the 1990s

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This paper shows that an important requirement of the MIRAB model, economic success in the host country, is a characteristic of Pacific Islander migrants to the USA and their offspring. Pacific Islanders improved their economic lot in the 1980s and again in the 1990s. Part of this improvement was due to increases in their human capital: Pacific Islanders acquired more education, work experience and better English language skills. This upgrading allowed more workers to acquire white-collar jobs and to increase their earnings.

Keywords: MIRAB; economic success; jobs; migration; poverty

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business, Boulder, CO, USA., Email: 2: Department of Economics, Chonbuk National University, Chonju, South Korea.

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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