Jácome and Boustan presented at Social Science History Association

Dec. 18, 2019

Elisa Jácome and Leah Boustan presented their paper "Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the US: Past and Present" with co-authors Ran Abramitzky (Stanford University) and Santiago Perez (University of California, Davis) at the Social Science History Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, November 21-24, 2019.

Here's the abstract of the paper: "Both in the past and today, 40 percent of the U.S. workforce has been an immigrant or the child of an immigrant. Many immigrant groups earn less than native-born workers upon first arrival in the U.S. and do not completely catch up within a single generation. This paper studies the economic mobility of the second generation in three cohorts: 1850-1880, 1910-1940, and 1980-2010. First, we find that earnings gaps between immigrant and native-born fathers are closed, or even reversed, by the next generation. Then, using Census and administrative data to link individuals over time, we find that the children of immigrants are more upwardly mobile than the children of native-born fathers with comparable family incomes or occupation scores. Finally, we consider a variety of factors—such as location choices and marriage patterns—to provide suggestive evidence for how the children of immigrants achieve higher levels of upward mobility." 

For more information about the conference sessions and link to the complete paper, see Session 164
Linking: Following people and household through time.