"Realizing the American Dream: An Analysis of Factors That Promote Positive Educational and Economic Mobility"
AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
April 13-17, 2018
Title: Realizing the American Dream: An Analysis of Factors That Promote Positive Educational and Economic Mobility
Authors: Connie Yun Kang, Katherine Hanna
This study investigated the association between social contextual factors and upward educational and economic mobility for immigrants and children of immigrants. The study finds a significant positive association between high school GPA and upward social mobility in early adulthood for immigrants and children of immigrants. Higher levels of educational attainment are positively associated with upward educational and social job mobility. Interestingly, there was no association between the respondent’s U.S. citizenship status, but mixed associations between parental citizenship status, and upward educational mobility. These findings suggest a greater need to explore and understand how immigrants and children of immigrants can access higher levels of educational attainment and thus promote educational and social mobility.