New Evidence of Generational Progress for Mexican Americans

37 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2017

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Brian Duncan

University of Colorado at Denver

Jeffrey Grogger

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ana Sofia Leon

Universidad Diego Portales

Stephen J. Trejo

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Duncan, Brian and Grogger, Jeffrey T. and Leon, Ana Sofia and Trejo, Stephen J., New Evidence of Generational Progress for Mexican Americans (November 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w24067. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082229

Brian Duncan (Contact Author)

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Jeffrey T. Grogger

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Ana Sofia Leon

Universidad Diego Portales

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Stephen J. Trejo

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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