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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Legal Immigrants: Lighter Make More Money Than Darker

The Washington Post reports today that researchers found that immigrants with darker complexions earned less money than their lighter-skinned counterparts. Vanderbilt University economist Joni Hersch found that lighter legal immigrants make 8-15 percent more than darker legals. Is this news?

Hersch is quoted as being "stunned" by the results of her study. Vanderbilt University is in Nashville, Tennessee. Hersch must not be American or she has lived a very sheltered life. The Post has a great color scale graphic of lighter hands moving towards darker hands on a 1-10 scale. It is hilarious, but it is not on the web version.

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