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The Wage Structure of Latino-Origin Groups across Generations



We analyzed in detail the wages of Latinos of Mexican origin, Central/South Americans, and Puerto Ricans. The wage structure facing second and third- and higher-generation Latinos is very similar to the wage structure of third- and higher-generation White workers. Unlike African American workers, more than half of the native Latino/White wage gap can be accounted for by the lower educational attainment and potential experience of native Latino workers.