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Does Mestizaje Matter in the US? Economic Stratification of Mexican Immigrants

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  • Alberto Davila
  • Marie T. Mora
  • Sue K. Stockly

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Using data from the 2003 New Immigrant Survey, this paper examines whether stratification as reflected by skin shade exists among newly legalized Mexican immigrants in the US. While we do not find evidence that skin color directly related to employment probabilities, complexion appeared to play a role in the likelihood of owning a home, having a bank account, and occupational status. As these outcomes partly reflect immigrants' pre-migration experiences, our findings suggest that the social stratification structure in Mexico might be sustained in the US among Mexican-origin populations.

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  • Alberto Davila & Marie T. Mora & Sue K. Stockly, 2011. "Does Mestizaje Matter in the US? Economic Stratification of Mexican Immigrants," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(3), pages 593-597, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:101:y:2011:i:3:p:593-97
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    1. William Darity, 2005. "Stratification economics: The role of intergroup inequality," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 29(2), pages 144-153, June.
    2. Arthur H. Goldsmith & Darrick Hamilton & William Darity, Jr, 2007. "From Dark to Light: Skin Color and Wages Among African-Americans," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 42(4).
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