Assimilation Across the Latino Generations

by James P. Smith

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This paper examines two aspects of generational mobility of Hispanic and Mexican men--education and wages--using data from four decennial Censuses between 1940 and 1970, four special CPS supplements on language and immigration to cover the 1980's, and four successive March CPS's starting in 1994 to represent the 1990's. The findings show the 2nd and 3rd - generation Hispanic men have made great strides in closing their economic gaps with native whites.

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Originally published in: American Economic Review, v. 93, no. 2, May 2003, pp. 315-319.

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