Inaugural lecture series examines “Indians in America”
By almost every measurable variable, Indian-born immigrants in the United States are “outliers,” said author and University of Pennsylvania professor Devesh Kapur. Compared to other immigrant groups and native U.S. citizens, they’re largely better-educated, higher-paid, and unusually concentrated in certain employment sectors, Kapur said. “So how did a population from a low-income, developing nation with weak human capital become the most educated and highest income immigrant group in the U.S. in a single generation?” he asked. That question is what Kapur sought to answer at a lecture presented by the D’Amore-McKim School of Business’ Center for Emerging Markets. The lecture, titled “The Other One Percent: Indians in America,” based on Kapur’s book of the same name, was the first in the center’s new Indian Lecture Series, a series funded by a generous anonymous donation.