Tracking intergenerational progress for immigrant groups: The problem of ethnic attrition

  title={Tracking intergenerational progress for immigrant groups: The problem of ethnic attrition},
  author={Brian Duncan and Stephen J. Trejo},
  journal={The American Economic Review},
In tracking the later-generation descendants of immigrants, measurement biases can arise from "ethnic attrition" (e.g., US-born individuals who do not self-identify as Mexican despite having ancestors who immigrated from Mexico). We present evidence that such ethnic attrition is sizeable and selective for the third-generation populations of key Hispanic and Asian immigrant groups. In addition, our results suggest that ethnic attrition generates biases that vary across national origin groups in… 

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