Joni Hersch, a law and economics professor at Vanderbilt University, looked at a government survey of 2,084 legal immigrants to the United States from around the world and found that those with the lightest skin earned an average of 8 percent to 15 percent more than similar immigrants with much darker skin.This follows from the general relationship between skin color and IQ (John Bolton pointed me to an international survey of IQ and skin tone that I've misplaced--John, if you'll post it in the comments I'd greatly appreciate it).
Hersch illustrates how many social researchers are less astute than the average third grade child:
Hersch took into consideration other factors that could affect wages, such as English-language proficiency, education, occupation, race or country of origin, and found that skin tone still seemed to make a difference in earnings.How about IQ? Or even rigorous accounting for of educational attainment. Did she look at years in school, or the degree obtained? Without considering these factors the 'conclusions' she comes to are meaningless.
I'd like to know how the open-bordered putative free-marketers will deal with this one. Is the free flow of resources, including people, riddled with inefficient biases and racially-imposed deadweight losses? Or are some immigrants more valuable than others? Of course the free-market argument works in the second case--the market rewards lighter skinned immigrants because they tend to be more intelligent and more productive, but admitting that is nearly fatal to a continued enthusiasm for unfettered open borders.
Even if Hersh's puerile hypothesis is true (and due to statistical discrimination--in which employers and customers rationally employ in favoring one of two candidates who appear otherwise equal--it isn't completely invalid), isn't that still be an argument for taking in fewer low-earning immigrants? If the US is so irrationally racist that swarthy migrants are treated like second-class citizens, is it not our moral responsibility to keep more of them from coming into this hellhole?
Whether you prefer quixotic tripe or empircally-grounded logic, it's time for a merit immigration system and an end to the Hispanic third-world inundation.