New Evidence of Generational Progress for Mexican Americans
U.S.-born Mexican Americans suffer a large schooling deficit relative to other Americans, and standard data sources suggest that this deficit does not shrink between the 2nd and later generations. Standard data sources lack information on grandparents’ countries of birth, however, which creates potentially serious issues for tracking the progress of later-generation Mexican Americans. Exploiting unique NLSY97 data that address these measurement issues, we find substantial educational progress between the 2nd and 3rd generations for a recent cohort of Mexican Americans. Such progress is obscured when we instead mimic the limitations inherent in standard data sources.
We thank the Russell Sage Foundation for support and conference and seminar participants at the ZEW Workshop on the Assimilation and Integration of Immigrants, the Population Association of America, the Western Economic Association, the Society of Labor Economists, the Southern Economic Association, and ITAM University for helpful comments. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Brian Duncan & Jeffrey Grogger & Ana Sofia Leon & Stephen J. Trejo, 2019. "New Evidence of Generational Progress for Mexican Americans," Labour Economics, . citation courtesy of