Event Title

Transmitting Occupational Niches From First to Second Generation Immigrants: Are There Earnings Consequences From Being the “Copycat” Generation?

Graduation Year

2013

Location

Room C102, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 11:00 AM

Description

In recent years, the number of second generation immigrants entering the labor market has been increasing at a rapid pace. Their parents had immigrated in large waves, with many joining niche occupations dominated by their ethnic groups. This study looks to determine the economic impact of niche occupations, the extent that the second generation enters the same occupations, and how these factors impact the second generation’s income levels. In particular, the study investigates whether the second generation will sustain the earnings advantage (or disadvantage) relative to first generation immigrants and natives. This research examines immigrants from China, India, the Philippines, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Data from the Current Population Survey is empirically tested through two separate OLS regressions. Results differ between countries, but imply no exact set of occupations transmitted across generations. There is some evidence of the continuation of income advantage (or disadvantage) across ethnic groups.

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Transmitting Occupational Niches From First to Second Generation Immigrants: Are There Earnings Consequences From Being the “Copycat” Generation?

Room C102, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

In recent years, the number of second generation immigrants entering the labor market has been increasing at a rapid pace. Their parents had immigrated in large waves, with many joining niche occupations dominated by their ethnic groups. This study looks to determine the economic impact of niche occupations, the extent that the second generation enters the same occupations, and how these factors impact the second generation’s income levels. In particular, the study investigates whether the second generation will sustain the earnings advantage (or disadvantage) relative to first generation immigrants and natives. This research examines immigrants from China, India, the Philippines, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Data from the Current Population Survey is empirically tested through two separate OLS regressions. Results differ between countries, but imply no exact set of occupations transmitted across generations. There is some evidence of the continuation of income advantage (or disadvantage) across ethnic groups.