This paper uses the data from American Community Survey (ACS) to study the transferability of human capital for immigrants from China, India, Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam. The results of this study suggest that, first, human capital acquired in the U.S. is valued generally higher than that acquired in the home country, with a few exceptions. Moreover, there exists significant difference in the transferability of human capital among different places of origin in Asia. In addition, this paper further concludes that education obtained from the source country is more transferable for immigrants from the countries that have colonial history either under the United States or the Great Britain; the labor market experience, however, is more transferable for immigrants from the countries that are more economically developed.
Liao, Lu, "Transferability of Human Capital: An Analysis of Immigrants from China, India, Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam in the United States" (2015). Mark A. Israel '91 Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics. 1.