A Multi-Measure Approach: The Geography of Latino Immigrant Economic Outcomes

Authors: Flavia Maria Lake*, UCLA
Topics: Economic Geography, Immigration/Transnationalism, Population Geography
Keywords: economic integration, inequality, immigration, regional development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Council Room, Omni, West
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The post-1965 wave of immigration left scholars across various disciplines concerned with the integration of Latino immigrants and called into question existing theories predicting settlement patterns. Today, nearly 30 years after the start of this shift in immigrant settlement, the stakes are high for Latino immigrant integration in an increasingly diverging economy. Recent quantitative studies have interrogated the economic outcomes of Latino immigrants in both rural and urban destinations, but few have utilized multiple measures, along with person and place-level determinants, to understand the economic outcomes and demographic structure of Latino immigrants across the US.

Using publicly available American Community Survey (ACS) data from 2012-2016 I provide an up to date assessment of Latino immigrant economic outcomes across large and medium size metropolitan statistical areas by regressing poverty, employment status, rent-burden, homeownership, and median income on person and place-level determinants. This study illustrates which attributes of places facilitate positive economic outcomes for Latino immigrants in this new geography of immigrant settlement.

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