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Ethnic Identification, Intermarriage, and Unmeasured Progress by Mexican Americans

Edited by Brian Duncan and Stephen J. Trejo

in Mexican Immigration to the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066325
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.003.0008
Ethnic Identification, Intermarriage, and Unmeasured Progress by Mexican Americans

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This chapter looks for evidence on whether selective intermarriage and selective ethnic identification might bias observed measures of socioeconomic progress for later generations of Mexican Americans. Ideal data for this purpose would allow the identification of individuals who are descended from Mexican immigrants and how many generations have elapsed since that immigration took place. The analyses cannot directly substantiate significant biases in measuring the intergenerational progress of Mexican Americans. The data used here are inadequate, however, because they overlook families descended from Mexican immigrants in which neither parent self-identifies as Mexican.

Keywords: Mexican immigrants; selective intermarriage; socioeconomic progress; measurement bias

Chapter.  14887 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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