Immigrant characteristics and Hispanic-Anglo housing inequality

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This paper seeks to explain why Hispanic households in the United States live in housing markedly inferior to Anglos’. I argue that immigrant characteristics of Hispanic households and the metropolitan areas in which Hispanics live play important roles in determining such inequality in the housing market. Empirical analyses of homeownership, household crowding, and housing costs demonstrate that immigration plays a role in explaining relatively low homeownership and high household crowding for each of four large Hispanic populations (Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Hispanics). The role of immigrant characteristics in determining housing costs is much weaker.

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The research reported in this paper was originally supported by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research through the Social Science Research Council. I completed additional work while on research leave at the Social Welfare Research Institute, Boston College. I would like to thank Robert Kaufman, Ruth Peterson, and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable assistance and comments. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America in 1989.

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Krivo, L.J. Immigrant characteristics and Hispanic-Anglo housing inequality. Demography 32, 599–615 (1995). https://doi.org/10.2307/2061677

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Keywords

  • Housing Price
  • Housing Market
  • Hispanic Population
  • Residential Segregation
  • Housing Cost