Occupational stratification, job-mismatches, and child poverty: Understanding the disadvantage of Black immigrants in the US

Kevin J.A. Thomas

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Abstract

This study examines the implications of occupational stratification and job mismatches for the welfare of children, using data from the 2005-2009 American Community Survey. The results show that Black children of immigrants have household heads that are more likely to have occupations with low SEI scores than children in US-born households. More importantly, they demonstrate that intersections between parental job-mismatches and employment in the bottom rather than upper levels of the occupational distribution have important implications for understanding poverty differences among children. Job mismatches within occupations with low SEI scores are associated with greater poverty risks among Black than White, Asian, or Hispanic children of immigrants. However, racial poverty disparities are considerably lower among children with household heads in the highest occupational strata.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-216
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Science Research
Volume50
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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