Latinos and the Economy

Integration and Impact in Schools, Labor Markets, and Beyond

  • David L. Leal
  • Stephen J. Trejo

Part of the Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy book series (IMPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David L. Leal, Stephen J. Trejo
    Pages 1-11
  3. K-12 Education

  4. Higher Education

  5. Legalization and Naturalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Francesca Mazzolari
      Pages 113-132
  6. Earnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Marie T. Mora, Alberto Dávila
      Pages 153-167
    3. Pia M. Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny
      Pages 169-191
    4. David L. Leal, Curt Nichols, Jeremy M. Teigen
      Pages 193-209
  7. Economic Impacts of Latinos

  8. Inter-Generational Incorporation and Economic Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel, Hoyt Bleakley, Aimee Chin
      Pages 255-283
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 321-327

About this book


At 15.4 percent of the population, Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States. They are a growing presence in all sectors of the economy, play an increasingly important role in government and politics, and are influential across a wide range of cultural domains. Despite the growing attention paid to Latinos in recent years, this population is characterized by relatively low socio-economic status, and Latinos frequently rank behind the majority white population and other minority groups when it comes to education, finances, and employment.

This book contributes to the understanding of these issues by addressing a comprehensive range of topics on Latino economic incorporation, outcomes, and impact over an individual’s lifetime. The volume starts with the foundational issue of education, and then moves to immigrant integration and adjustment, Latino and immigrant earnings, the economic impact of Latinos, and inter-generational incorporation and long-term integration issues. The contributions provide wide-ranging perspectives on the key factors that determine whether Latinos will be able to achieve their economic potential. The substantial individual, national, and international implications of these studies make this book of interest to scholars and policy-makers alike, particularly those concerned with the issues of education, immigration, employment, and earnings.

“The rapid and continuing growth of the Hispanic population ensures that the debate over social policy in the next few decades will increasingly focus on how best to alleviate the economic and social problems facing this population and perhaps encourage rapid assimilation. The studies in the volume edited by David Leal and Stephen Trejo provide an excellent foundation for this discussion. The conceptual issues and findings in these papers are sure to be valuable to both policy makers and researchers.”

George Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

“Latinos and the Economy provides a truly authoritative but accessible compilation of first-rate scholarship on Hispanic incorporation, educational and political gains, and ongoing economic and cultural impacts. It is ‘must reading’ for anyone concerned about the future, especially as America moves inexorably towards becoming a majority-minority society by mid-century.”

Daniel T. Lichter, Ferris Family Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management Cornell University

“This is the volume to read for anyone interested in current American immigration issues or the role of Hispanics in the U.S. economy.”

Daniel S. Hamermesh, Killam Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin  


Economy Education Hispanics Immigration Latinos

Editors and affiliations

  • David L. Leal
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Trejo
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of GovernmentUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2., Department of EconomicsUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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