Population Change and Changing Educational Attainment of Ethnic Groups in the United States, 1980-2000

Franklin D. Wilson, Uzi Rebhun*, Salvador Rivas

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Abstract

This study assesses the effect of population change on decade changes in the educational attainments of country of origin populations in the United States. Our data are derived from decennial censuses, NLMS, the World Bank, and INS. We find that changes in the share of country of origin populations with one or more years of post-secondary schooling are associated with selected components of population change during the 1980-1990 and 1990-2000 decades. The specific components include survivors during the decade, in-migration, and emigration of the foreign-born. Likewise, intra-generational mobility is found to be an important determinant of changes in educational attainment. The discussion addresses limitations of the data and suggests directions for future research as well as policy implications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)639-659
Number of pages21
JournalPopulation Research and Policy Review
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Country of origin
  • Education
  • Generational change
  • Migration
  • Multi-level analysis
  • Survivors
  • United States

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