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Ethnicity, Geography, and Occupational Achievement of Hispanic Men in the United States

Ross M. Stolzenberg
American Sociological Review
Vol. 55, No. 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 143-154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095709
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Using data from the Survey of Income and Education of the U.S. Census Bureau, I examine occupational inequality between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white men in the U.S. Following previous research, I hypothesize that Hispanic occupational disadvantage is affected by the geographic distribution of Hispanics, and the subgroup structure of the Hispanic population. However, results indicate that neither variable has a strong effect. Instead, the results support a pattern of "conditional occupational assimilation". If Hispanic men speak English at least "very well" and have completed at least 12 years of school, then their occupational achievement is close to that of the white non-Hispanic men with similar English fluency and schooling. Otherwise, the occupations of Hispanics are inferior to those of white non-Hispanic men with similar linguistic and educational characteristics. I also reconsider the concept of ethnicity effects on occupational inequality.

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