Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute

Irma Rangel Institute supports PRC graduate students attending 2012 PAA meeting

Sat, May 26, 2012

The Irma Rangel Institute annually supports two or three Population Research Center graduate student affiliates who present papers at the Population Association of America conference.  For 2012, these students were Molly Dondero and Ying-Ting Wang, both graduate students in the Department of Sociology and PRC trainees:

Below is more information about their research projects:

(1) Molly Dondero and Melissa Humphries

Paper: “The College-Savings Behavior of Foreign-Born Parents in the U.S.”

Summary: “Previous research has shown that immigrant parents tend to hold high educational expectations for their children. Yet, we know relatively little about how immigrant parents prepare financially for their children’s post-secondary education. This study examines the college savings behavior of foreign-born parents of high school students in the United States. Using data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, we explore two research questions: 1) Are foreign-born parents are as likely as native-born parents to save for their 10th-grader’s college education? 2) Are foreign-born parents’ college savings efforts associated with acculturation? Results show that, compared to white native-born parents, Latino immigrant parents are less likely to save and Asian immigrant parents of native-born children are more likely to save for their child’s college education.  Among immigrant parents, acculturation indicators such as English-speaking proficiency and years in the U.S. are positively associated with college savings efforts.


(2) ”Ying-Ting Wang

Paper: “The Education Gradient in Self-Rated Health for Chinese Immigrants in the United States”

Summary: “Previous studies found that immigrants in the United States have a weaker education gradient in health, and suggested three explanations: 1) positive health selection among immigrants, 2) negative assimilation and 3) immigrants “import” a weak education gradient in health that exists in sending countries. Using data from the 2006-2009 National Health Interview Survey and the 2006 China Health and Nutrition Survey, this study investigates the education gradient in self-rated health for Chinese immigrants and focuses on the “importation” hypothesis. The results of logistic regression analyses do not support the importation hypothesis: the education gradient in self-rated health is four times greater for Chinese immigrants in the United States than is the gradient for those in China. The results do not show evidence of negative health assimilation, but they do indicate that positive health- and education-selection may account for the weak education gradient for Chinese immigrants in the United States.”

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