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Mexican Immigration to the United States$
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George J. Borjas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066325

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.001.0001

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Ethnic Identification, Intermarriage, and Unmeasured Progress by Mexican Americans

Ethnic Identification, Intermarriage, and Unmeasured Progress by Mexican Americans

(p.229) 7 Ethnic Identification, Intermarriage, and Unmeasured Progress by Mexican Americans
Mexican Immigration to the United States
Brian Duncan, Stephen J. Trejo
University of Chicago Press

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

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