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Effects of US citizenship on wages of Asian immigrant women

Authors


Huiquan Zhou, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, T.C. Cheng Bldg, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong

E-mail: hqzhou@swk.cuhk.edu.hk

Abstract

The article presents a cross-sectional study on the effects of US citizenship on wages of Asian immigrant women. The findings show that US citizenship positively moderated the relationship between sample characteristics and wages. Higher education (university and graduate school) significantly boosts the wage level of Asian immigrant women who have US citizenship. However, such positive influence does not exist for Asian immigrant women without US citizenship. This finding suggests that Asian immigrant women without US citizenship still face a glass ceiling.

Key Practitioner Message: ● Educate immigrants about the importance of and potential benefits associated with citizenship.

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