The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in Texas
Texas ranks second in the size of its foreign-born population and fourth in the number of highly skilled immigrants. Texas was home to 594,000 highly skilled immigrants with at least a bachelor’s degree during the 2009-13 period. Of this group, 23 percent—or 134,000 people—either worked in low-skilled jobs or were unemployed. Low-skilled employment resulted in immigrant college graduates forgoing approximately $2.5 billion in annual earnings, and as a result, Texas experienced $167.4 million in unrealized state and local tax revenue.
Ruiz Soto, A. G., Batalova, J., & Fix, M. (2016). The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in Texas. Migration Policy Institute, World Education Services, and New American Economy. Retrived from http://research.newamericaneconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BrainWaste-Texas-FactSheet-FINAL.pdf