Department Chair

Frederick Floss

Date of Award


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Open Access

Degree Name

Applied Economics, M.A.


Economics and Finance Department


Frederick Floss

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First Reader

Frederick Floss

Second Reader

Theodore Byrley

Third Reader

Bruce Fisher


This paper will compare the Lifetime wage earnings of immigrants and native-born citizens in the U.S. for the years 2000-2010 according to educational attainment using cross-sectional data. The data obtained through IPUMS-CPS Integrated Public Use of Microdata Series, University of Minnesota. The findings of investment in Human Capital of Mincer (1958), the Immigrants earnings distribution of Chiswick and Miller (2006), the Pareto’s law of income distribution, and the immigrants investment in human capital model by Duleep and Regets (1999) are the theoretical basis in which this study will be ruled. The empirical evidence suggests that immigrants who invest in education have closer Lifetime income earnings in the higher income distribution levels to the US native-born citizens than those who do not. It also shows that according to age, the average wage earnings will increase rapidly the first working years, settle by the middle, and decrease at the end for all the educational attainment levels.