Haskell, Nancy (2022). Comparing self-identified, parental, and perceived race in survey data. SN Social Sciences.
vol. 2 (6) pp. 85
This paper looks at patterns of racial reporting for non-Hispanic adolescents in the United States across three different survey environments and relative to their biological parents using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Changing racial profiles across the survey environments occurs for approximately 14% of the sample, and appears not to be the result of random measurement error. Self-identified race in the school environment differs most from a student’s biological parents, and greater differences between racial identification of students and biological parents are associated with worse outcomes in high school. By contrast, students who are perceived differently by interviewers relative to their own reported primary race are no worse off during high school. These individuals do, however, have better labor market outcomes in their early twenties if others view them as white even when they identify primarily with a non-white race.
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