November 15, 2018
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Haines 279
Hilary Flowers

The Family Working Group is pleased to present:

Josefina Flores Morales (UCLA Sociology): "State-sponsored inequality: Income differentials of middle and older-age Latino/as by immigrant status"


This study uses nationally representative data from multiple waves of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to examine income differences by immigrant status among older Latino/a individuals over the age of 62. Analyses indicate that individuals who are neither US citizens nor Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) have an income disadvantage of 518 dollars a month compared with those that have citizenship or LPR status. This adds to over six thousand dollars a year. Compositional differences between the two groups accounted for 390 of the 518-dollar difference. Covariates such as sex, US born status, education, and marital status accounted for three fourths of the income differential. To date, limited studies examine older-aged individuals by immigrant status. This study is one of the few to consider income differences and state-based exclusion from primary income sources such as Social Security pension programs. Future work about inequality in older ages should carefully consider how variations in immigration status influence the economic situations of older individuals and their families.