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Report · May 2002

Falling Behind or Moving Up? The Intergenerational Progress of Mexican Americans

Jeffrey Grogger and Stephen J. Trejo

Mexican Americans are one of the most economically disadvantaged groups in the United States, with an average household income that is more than 40 percent below the comparable average for non-Hispanic whites.  To shed some light on the current and future economic prospects of Mexican Americans, this study examines the intergenerational progress of Mexican-origin workers in the California and U.S. labor markets, comparing the educational attainment and hourly earnings of whites, blacks, and three generations of Mexican Americans.


Higher Education K–12 Education Population