Upward Mobility and Discrimination: The Case of Asian Americans

  title={Upward Mobility and Discrimination: The Case of Asian Americans},
  author={Nathaniel Green Hilger},
  journal={European Economics: Labor \& Social Conditions eJournal},
  • N. Hilger
  • Published 2016
  • Geography
  • European Economics: Labor & Social Conditions eJournal
Asian Americans are the only non-white US racial group to experience long-term, institutional discrimination and subsequently exhibit high income. I re-examine this puzzle in California, where most Asians settled historically. Asians achieved extraordinary upward mobility relative to blacks and whites for every cohort born in California since 1920. This mobility stemmed primarily from gains in earnings conditional on education, rather than unusual educational mobility. Historical test score and… Expand
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