CitationSwisher, Raymond R.; Kuhl, Danielle C.; & Chavez, Jorge M. (2015). Racial and ethnic inequalities in trajectories of neighborhood poverty and neighborhood college-educated from adolescence to early adulthood. The Center for Family and Demographic Research: Working Paper Series.
AbstractUsing data from four waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, this paper examines trajectories of neighborhood poverty and college-educated neighbors from adolescence,through the transition to adulthood, and into young adulthood. It assesses hypotheses derived from place stratification and life course theories regarding the stability of inequalities and differential benefits of educational attainment and residential mobility across racial and ethnic subgroups. Inequalities in neighborhood poverty are greatest in adolescence but decrease over time, though blacks and Hispanics remain disadvantaged relative to whites and Asians. Inequalities in neighborhood college-educated are somewhat smaller in adolescence but increase over time, with Asians and whites the most advantaged. Completion of a four-year degree is associated with decreases in neighborhood poverty for all groups, with black and foreign-born Hispanics reaping the greatest benefits. College completion is also associated with increases in neighborhood-level college attainment for all groups, with Asians and whites experiencing the greatest gains. With respect to moves, black and foreign-born Hispanics see the greatest decreases in neighborhood poverty, whereas all groups benefit through increases in the percentage of neighbors who are college-educated.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleThe Center for Family and Demographic Research: Working Paper Series
Author(s)Swisher, Raymond R.
Kuhl, Danielle C.
Chavez, Jorge M.