Factors associated with the poverty status of Asian immigrant householders by citizenship status

Hee Kyung Kwon, Virginia S. Zuiker, Jean W. Bauer

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Abstract

As a response to changing profiles of the Asian population in the United States, this study examines the demographic, human capital, and acculturation factors that are associated with the official poverty status of Asian immigrant householders by their U.S. citizenship status. From the 1990 Census Public Use Microdata Sample (Census of Population and Housing, 1990a), responses from 229,004 Asian householders are analyzed using hierarchical bivariate logistic regression. The results suggests that high levels of human capital and acculturation reduce the odds of Asian householders living below the official poverty threshold, regardless of their citizenship status. The degree to which the selected variables are associated with poverty status varies by citizenship status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-120
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Asian
  • Human capital
  • Immigrants
  • Poverty

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