Immigration, gender and the process of occupational change in the United States, 1970-80.

M. Tienda, L. Jensen, R. L. Bach

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Documents the changes in the occupational allocation of native and foreign-born women between 1970 and 1980 and decomposes the observed changes into an industry shift, and intra-industry occupational recomposition shift, and an interaction of these 2 main effects. The finding that the allocation of immigrant women into 2 blue-collar occupations (laborers and farm laborers) and immigrant men into 4 blue-collar occupations (operatives, service workers, laborers and farm laborers) increased at a faster rate than the growth of the immigrant workforce indicates the advancement of a process of occupational succession whereby immigrants are channeled into jobs vacated by domestic workers. This interpretation is particularly suggested for the expansion of immigrant workers in the operative (men only) and farm laborer (both men and women) occupations because employment has declined continuously in these job categories since World War II.-Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1021-1044
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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