Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Economics & Finance
With a growing focus on immigration to the United States, it is paramount to understand the factors that influence the educational outcomes of the immigrant population. In this paper, I focus on how the social capital of second-generation immigrant students affects their post-secondary educational enrollment. Using data from the Children of Immigrant Longitudinal Survey (1991-2006), I found that the students in the survey were significantly more likely to enroll in post-secondary education if they had a social group in high school that had college aspirations. The converse was also true, with students who had a social group with no college aspirations being significantly less likely to enroll in post-secondary education themselves. These findings were consistent even when a robust set of control variables were included in the models, such as prior academic performance, parental socioeconomic status, and citizenship status.
Cleary, Sean, "The Effects Of Social Capital On The Educational Attainment Of Second-Generation Immigrants" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 2190.