The Park Place Economist


Since a significant portion of second generation immigrants only have one parent that was born abroad and one native parent, this portion of the second generation population may have the advantage of having human capital influences from both the U.S and from abroad. Comparing the economic success of this population to that of second generation immigrants who have two parents that were born abroad and therefore less of a culturally balanced environment might give insight into what family structure and therefore what kind of environment is most conducive to the economic success of second generation immigrants. By comparing the effect of having two immigrant parents with the effect of having an immigrant father and native mother, and vice versa, this research will evaluate the effect of parental nativity status of second generation immigrants on their earnings.

An extended treatment of this topic was awarded University Honors and may be found in the Department of Economics Honors Projects collection.