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Presented By: Institute for Social Research

Earnings Assimilation of Second-and Later-Generation Men: Evidence from Administrative Records

Andrés Villarreal (University of California, Los Angeles)

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Andrés Villarreal
Dr Andrés Villarreal (University of California, Los Angeles) will discuss "Earnings Assimilation of Second-and Later-Generation Men: Evidence from Administrative Records"

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Abstract: The systematic study of immigrants’ economic assimilation requires an analysis of both intra- and intergenerational mobility, that is, of the progress made by each immigrant generation over the course of their own lives and relative to their parents. In this study we examine both types of mobility using a unique dataset linking respondents of multiple waves of the Current Population Survey (CPS) to their longitudinal tax records. This longitudinal information allows us follow individuals’ earnings trajectories and measure the extent to which second-generation men are able to reduce the earnings gap with later generations during their lifetimes. To overcome the limitations of previous studies examining intergenerational mobility we match a sample of second- and later-generation children to their actual parents. Our matching strategy allows us to identify the exact third generation and to evaluate the contribution of ethnic attrition. We find large ethnoracial disparities in earnings mobility consistent with segmented assimilation theory. The earnings assimilation of Hispanic men stalls or reverses during the course of the second generation rather than in the third generation as previously thought. Once the lower earnings of first-generation parents are taken into account, second-generation Hispanic men experience lower intergenerational earnings mobility.

Andrés Villarreal is a sociologist and social demographer specializing in the areas of international migration, race and ethnicity, social stratification, and health in social context. Much of his research focuses on Latin America and the Latin American-origin population in the U.S. Within the area of immigration he seeks to understand how population movements are driven by economic changes, and the consequences that these movements have for social wellbeing. In an ongoing research project he is examining the long-term economic assimilation of immigrants in the U.S. using administrative data. In a new line of research he is exploring the social and demographic consequences of the opioid epidemic.

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