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René D. Flores, University of Chicago

Thu May 16th 2024, 12:30 - 1:45pm
McClatchy Hall - Building 120, Studio 40

Title: Ethnic Attrition in the U.S.: Preliminary Findings


Abstract: Previous studies indicate that certain ethnoracial groups undergo substantial generational attrition, with some descendants no longer identifying with the ethnic label of their ancestors. Substantial attrition may affect estimates of intergroup inequality if attritors differ from non-attritors. It could also dilute ethnic groups’ political representation. Past research suggests that Hispanics and Asians in the U.S. are undergoing significant attrition, although existing work is hindered by data limitations. We launch a new nationally representative survey of the U.S. population, gathering comprehensive data on individuals' family histories. Our findings reveal significant inter-generational ethnic attrition within both Hispanic and Asian communities. We identify ethnic attrition’s main determinants and explore its implications for the long-term integration of Hispanics and Asians in the U.S.