Direct all correspondence to: Konia T. Kollehlon, Trinity College, 125 Michigan Avenue, N.E. Washington, DC 20017.
The Socioeconomic Attainment Patterns of Africans in the United States1
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2006
International Migration Review
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 1163–1190, December 2003
How to Cite
Kollehlon, K. T. and Eule, E. E. (2003), The Socioeconomic Attainment Patterns of Africans in the United States. International Migration Review, 37: 1163–1190. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2003.tb00174.x
We wish to thank Dr. Albert F. Anderson of Public Data Queries, Inc. for extracting the data on which this analysis is based. We also would like to thank Mr. Paul R. Campbell of the U.S. Census Bureau, Dr. Francis Dodoo of the University of Maryland at College Park, and Mr. Ben H. Bell, III of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, for assistance rendered us at various stages of this research project. We are also indeed very grateful to the anonymous reviewers for their assistance and thoroughness.
- Issue published online: 16 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2006
Using data from the public use micro data sample of the 1990 U.S. census, we examine the socioeconomic attainment patterns of Africans in the United States, within the context of the assimilation and selectivity perspectives. Three primary findings emerge from this study. First, we find that white African men and men from English-speaking Africa have higher net hourly earnings than their nonwhite and non-English-speaking counterparts. Second, we find that while South African men have higher net hourly earnings than men from a number of selected African countries, there is no statistically significant difference between the net hourly earnings of South African women and women from these selected African countries. Third, we find no statistically significant difference between the net hourly earnings of black African and black American men and women.