Placing Progress: Contextual Inequality and Immigrant Incorporation in the US. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 46pp.
(S3RI Applications & Policy Working Papers, A06/05).
This study contributes to research on immigrant economic incorporation by considering the
relative wages of immigrants and their adult children to the US-born population. By comparing
racially-disaggregated wage distributions for New York, Los Angeles, and the US overall, this
study provides perspective on the complicated social and economic contexts within which
intergenerational immigrant progress occurs. This research is of interest because consideration
of the US-born children of immigrants invokes questions of social mobility and the persistence
of inequality more broadly. Further, this paper contributes to a theoretical debate over place and
immigrant progress by examining the 1.5 generation, for whom residence in concentrated
immigrant cities has been theorized as detrimental to economic incorporation. Finally, this
paper introduces substantial analysis of local wage structures. Results suggest that
intergenerational prospects are geographically specific and contingent on the continuing contexts
of racial wage inequality - for even the US-born of US parents.
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