Ethnic Attrition and the Observed Health of Later-Generation Mexican Americans
Brian Duncan () and
Stephen Trejo ()
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Brian Duncan: University of Colorado Denver
No 10062, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
Numerous studies find that U.S.-born Hispanics differ significantly from non-Hispanic whites on important measures of human capital, including health. Nevertheless, almost all studies rely on subjective measures of ethnic self-identification to identify immigrants' U.S.-born descendants. This can lead to bias due to "ethnic attrition," which occurs whenever a U.S.-born descendant of a Hispanic immigrant fails to self-identify as Hispanic. This paper shows that Mexican American ethnic attritors are generally more likely to display health outcomes closer to those of non-Hispanic whites. This biases conventional estimates of Mexican American health away from suggesting patterns of assimilation and convergence with non-Hispanic whites.
Keywords: ethnic attrition; assimilation; identity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I14 J12 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 13 pages
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Published in: American Economic Review, 2016, 106 (5), 467-471
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