Black and immigrant labor force participation in America

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Abstract

Model minority theory frequently ascribes blame for the socioeconomic condition of African Americans to their own lack of positive work-related attitudes. Data from the 1990 Census of Population are used to assess the relative work situation of three major Black groups in America-African Americans, African, and Caribbean immigrants. The findings are not supportive of the hypothesis that African Americans are less motivated to work relative to their Black immigrant counterparts. Rather, a key finding is that the employment status of Black natives and immigrants is a function of the income or money available to individuals. Once Blacks are employed, there are no differences in work intensity between African Americans and their African and Caribbean immigrant counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-82
Number of pages14
JournalRace and Society
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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  • Sociology and Political Science

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