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Jennifer L. Van Hook, Penn State University, Sociology

Intergenerational Educational Mobility Among Mexican Americans
When Jan 31, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Concerns about the integration of Mexican-Americans have been amplified by the phenomenon of third generation delay, whereby the 3rd-or-higher generation has similar or lower educational attainment than the 2nd generation in analyses of cross-sectional data.  Using unique longitudinal data, we find no evidence of third generation delay.  Although Mexican-Americans still experience disadvantages, the educational attainment of third-generation Mexican-Americans increased dramatically and consistently across generations. The third-generation delay pattern seen in cross-sectional analyses stems in large part from historical disadvantages in starting points and educational mobility.  Finally, our results reveal what we refer to as “vintage heterogeneity” in integration, whereby there have been dramatic improvements in Mexican American educational opportunities among the children of immigrants since the 1970s.  Overall the results indicate that cross-sectional assessments of Mexican American integration are misleading and underestimate this group’s prospects going forward.

About the Speaker

Jennifer Van Hook is Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University, and non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute.  Her research focuses on the demographics of immigrant populations and the socioeconomic integration of immigrants and their children.  One strand of her work uses demographic methods to estimate the size, characteristics, and dynamics of the unauthorized foreign-born population. Another strand of her work focuses on the health and well-being of immigrants and their children.


Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM:   Registration Link via Zoom.  Registration link will be available approximately one week prior to the seminar.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2022 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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