Poverty and Program Participation among Immigrant Children
Researchers have long known that poverty in childhood is linked with a range of negative adult socioeconomic outcomes, from lower educational achievement and behavioral problems to lower earnings in the labor market. But few researchers have explored whether exposure to a disadvantaged background affects immigrant children and native children differently. George Borjas uses Current Population Survey (CPS) data on two specific indicators of povertyâ€”the poverty rate and the rate of participation in public assistance programsâ€”to begin answering that question. He finds that immigrant children have significantly higher rates both of poverty and of program participation than do native children.
|Date of creation:||2011|
|Publication status:||Published in The Future of Children|
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