New destinations, new trajectories? The educational progress of Hispanic youth in North Carolina.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Since 1990, Latin American immigrants to the United States have dispersed beyond traditional gateway regions to a number of "new destinations." Both theory and past empirical evidence provide mixed guidance as to whether the children of these immigrants are adversely affected by residing in a nontraditional destination. This study uses administrative public school data to study over 2,800 8- to 18-year-old Hispanic youth in one new destination, North Carolina. Conditional on third-grade socioeconomic indicators, Hispanic youth who arrive by age 9 and remain enrolled in North Carolina public schools close achievement gaps with socioeconomically similar White students by sixth grade and exhibit significantly lower high school dropout rates. Their performance resembles that of first-generation youth in more established immigration gateways.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clotfelter, CT; Ladd, HF; Vigdor, JL

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1608 - 1622

PubMed ID

  • 22966926

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01797.x


  • eng