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

@article{Duncan2011TrackingIP,
  title={Tracking intergenerational progress for immigrant groups: The problem of ethnic attrition},
  author={B. Duncan and S. J. Trejo},
  journal={The American Economic Review},
  year={2011},
  volume={101},
  pages={603-608}
}
  • B. Duncan, S. J. Trejo
  • Published 2011
  • Economics
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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