The Effect of Race on Puerto Rican Wages

  • Clara E. Rodriguez
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Abstract

The manner in which Hispanic individuals chose to identify themselves by race in the 1980 census was quite different from the manner in which non-Hispanics chose to classify themselves. Although 40% of all Latinos classified themselves as neither white nor black, but as other, fewer than 2% of non-Hispanics in any state used this classification. This classification accounted for 7 5 million of all Latinos in the United States. For Puerto Ricans who were living in New York, the group that was the focus of this research, 48% responded that they were other and wrote in an additional Spanish descriptor (i.e., they were Boricua, Puerto Rican, etc.). Another 44% said they were white and 3.9% said they were black.1 Thus, it would appear from these results that Latino racial identity, as revealed in the 1980 census, is a complex and intriguing phenomenon.2

Keywords

Labor Market Wage Rate English Proficiency Racial Identity Hourly Wage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara E. Rodriguez
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  1. 1.Division of the Social SciencesFordham University at Lincoln CenterNew YorkUSA

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