The Case of the Disappearing Mexican Americans: An Ethnic-Identity Mystery

  title={The Case of the Disappearing Mexican Americans: An Ethnic-Identity Mystery},
  author={Richard Alba and Tariqul Islam},
  journal={Population Research and Policy Review},
  • Richard Alba, Tariqul Islam
  • Published 2009
  • Economics
  • Population Research and Policy Review
  • We examine the issue of identification stability for U.S.-born Mexican Americans, by far the largest of the ethnic groups growing as a result of contemporary immigration. We demonstrate a significant exodus from the group as identified by the census. Although changes in the wording of the census question may have contributed to this loss, a major portion, as revealed by comparisons of birth cohorts across the 1980, 1990, and 2000 Censuses, occurs because individuals who identified themselves as… CONTINUE READING
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