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The Other One PercentIndians in America$
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Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur, and Nirvikar Singh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190648749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648749.001.0001

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Selected for Success

Selected for Success

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The Other One Percent

Sanjoy Chakravorty

Devesh Kapur

Nirvikar Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed account of the selection processes both in India and the United States—what is termed a “triple selection”—that has made Indians an exceptionally successful outlier community, and the technological changes and policies (in higher education in the United States and India, and immigration) that have strengthened these selection processes. The authors show the immigration took place in three waves: the Early Movers (1965–1979), the Families (1980–1994), and the IT Generation (1995 to date). In the last and defining period, Indians were entering in unprecedented numbers, primarily through skill-based entry paths. As a result, Indians have the highest levels of educational attainment, work most intensively in skill-based industries, and have the highest family incomes in comparison to all subgroups of the U.S. population. These factors combined with social and family norms imported from the subcontinent have largely insulated them from the structural inequalities in American society.

Keywords:   Immigrant selection, information technology, skill-based immigration, immigrant education, India-born, U.S.-born

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