Manrique, Ruy (2020). The Racialized Incorporation of Latinos in Education: The Rolle of Skin Color and Immigrant Origins on College Completetion and College Attitudes.
Using Add-Health restricted-use data, I analyze the effects of interviewer-reported skin color on self-rated intelligence, college attitudes, and college completion rates among Latinos, given their immigrant origins and family background. The results of linear probability models suggest that skin color and citizenship have effects on the probability of completing college by Wave 4 of Add Health. Latinos have decreasing probabilities of completing college as their skin tone is reported as lower. Nonetheless, the effects of skin color on college completion rates become non-significant after controlling for self-rated intelligence and college expectations, both measured in adolescence. Also, Latinos that have not attained citizenship by Wave 4 are 7% less likely to complete college. My analyses provide partial support for the racialized incorporation of Latinos, highlighting the importance of considering race-related mechanisms to study the social mobility of Latinos.
Master of Arts
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill