Socioeconomic Stratification from within: Changes within American Indian Cohorts in the United States: 1990-2010

Jennifer E. Glick, Arizona State University
Seung Yong Han, Arizona State University

Socioeconomic inequality in the United States has risen in recent years with large disparities in education, earnings and health across racial and ethnic. Somewhat less attention has been given to the stratification that occurs within racial and pan-ethnic categories. This paper considers the increasing divergence of socioeconomic status within the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) population in the United States. Decomposition analyses within synthetic cohorts drawn from US Census data demonstrate that the more advantaged status of multi-racial AIAN individuals has led to an overall improvement in the status of the AIAN adult cohorts over time.

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Presented in Session 157: Demography and Ethno-Racial Inequality II