An article in the January 28 edition of The New York Times reports on a Vanderbilt University study of legal immigrants in the United States. Of more than two thousand immigrants studied, two findings stood out. Among a multi-hued range of immigrants, the study found that "those with the lightest skin earned an average of 8 percent to 15 percent more than similar immigrants with much darker skin."
"On average," Professor Joni Hersch—who conducted the study—reported, "being one shade lighter has about the same effect as having an additional year of education."
Another finding was that shorter immigrants earned less than taller immigrants. Every additional inch of height accounted for a "1 percent increase in income."
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