Institute for Latino Studies Sponsored Research and Publications Archive

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The Institute for Latino Studies has sponsored research and scholarship on the role of Latinos in the ongoing transformation of U.S. society overall and of Metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana, in particular. Reports and policy and research briefs are available for download.

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Immigration and Transnationalism

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  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Sung David Chun, Karen Richman, Justin Sena
    Abstract:

    Interdisciplinary study of how and whether gender influences Latinos’ savings for retirement. Third phrase of project examining the structural-economic factors limiting Latinos’ eligibility to participate in pension savings programs and social and cultural reasons affecting participation (See La Tercera Edad: Latinos’ Pensions, Retirement and Impact on Families (2008) and Confianza, Savings and Retirement: A Study of Mexican Immigrants in Chicago (2012). Analyzes data from U.S. Ce…

    Date Created:
    2015-12-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Allert Brown-Gort, Timothy Ready
    Abstract:

    Examines contributions of Latinos to economic and civic life in Chicago. Finds Latino economic success increased dramatically between 1990 and 2003 through new business, job creation, and increasing homeownership. Based on data from Institute for Latino Studies’ Chicago-Area Survey, US Census Bureau and Illinois State Board of Education.

    Date Created:
    2005-01-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Eileen Diaz McConnell, Timothy Ready
    Abstract:

    Study of the state of Latino housing. Finds that Latinos have lower homeownership rates, lower housing values, spend higher proportions of their household income on housing costs, experience higher denial rates for mortgage loans, and are much more likely to live in crowded and inadequate housing than Whites. However, Latinos are also making gains in homeownership due to the massive increases in mortgages. Recommends policies to meet Latinos’ burgeoning needs for safe, affordable, and hig…

    Date Created:
    2005-01-06
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Alejandro Silva, Chairman, Evans Food Group, Douglas Doetsch, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, Clare Muñana, President, Ancora Associates, and Vice President, Chicago Board of Education
    Abstract:

    Report on integration of the Mexicans into Chicago’s economic, social, and political life. Details Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ 2005 Task Force’s recommendations to private and public institutions to encourage Mexican immigrants’ greater economic engagement and to stimulate public discussion of the key challenges and opportunities involved.

    Date Created:
    2004-01-03
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Teresa Ghilarducci, Karen Richman
    Abstract:

    This study advances the current literature on Latinos? pension participation by separating voluntary exclusion from the involuntary exclusion. Logistic regression analysis of the 2001 Survey of Income Program Participants (SIPP) reveals that immigrant status and country of origin explain why Latinos would voluntarily opt out of participating in their employer?s pension plan. Policy reforms that would bolster Latino retirement income security include encouraging plan coverage of part-time and …

    Date Created:
    2007-11-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Teresa Ghilarducci, Joelle Saad-Lesser, Karen Richman, Erin Jelm, Roger Knight
    Abstract:

    Interdisciplinary study integrating cultural anthropology and economics. Analyzes results from 2009-2010 ethnographic research in the Chicago metropolitan area and statistical analyses of the Current Population Survey, the Chicago-Area Survey, and Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles Survey. Key findings include immigrants’ collectivist investments in social networks substitute for retirement savings; their descendants invest less in collectivist networks…

    Date Created:
    2012-02-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    D. Garth Taylor, Francisco Menchaca, Mari Gallagher, Robin Newberger
    Abstract:

    Study of the structural barriers to new Latino immigrants’ use of banks and the financial system, Covers innovative ways to provide documentation for loans through Mexican consular identification cards and individual taxpayer identification numbers, and remittances to Mexico. Uses Chicago-Area Latino Survey, Pew Hispanic and U.S. Census data. Finds an increase in use of financial institutions within the first generation over time. Produced in partnership with the Metro Chicago Information…

    Date Created:
    2006-02-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    John Koval
    Abstract:

    Identifies parameters for gauging the relative economic well-being of Mexicans in Chicago Metropolitan area. Analyzes data from U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes case study of Mexican labor in Chicago food industry.

    Date Created:
    2004-03-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Sonia Soltero, Costas Spirou, Joanna Schmit, Xóchitl Bada, Nawojka Lesinski, Vanessa Guridy, Amalia Pallares, John Koval, Jose Soltero, Samuel Rosenberg, Larry Bennett, Peter Creticos, Elizabeth Robbins, Maria de los Angeles Torres
    Abstract:

    Edited volume of five studies by Chicago-area social scientists scholars on Latinos in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Chapters on Latinos and Neo-Regionalism, Latinos and Education, Latino Engagement and Mobility in the Labor Force and Economy, and Latino Civic and Political Engagement.

    Date Created:
    2010-06-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Teresa Ghilarducci
    Abstract:

    This study advances the current literature on Latinos’ pension participation by separating voluntary exclusion from the involuntary exclusion. Logistic regression analysis of the 2001 Survey of Income Program Participants (SIPP) reveals that immigrant status and country of origin explain why Latinos would voluntarily opt out of participating in their employer’s pension plan. Policy reforms that would bolster Latino retirement income security include encouraging plan coverage of part-t…

    Date Created:
    2004-12-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Eileen Diaz McConnell
    Abstract:

    Comparative analysis of Latino housing patterns in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. Analyzes data from 2003 American Housing Survey and 2003 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and 2005 Census. Finds Latinos face low homeownership rates, higher loan denial rates in comparison to White counterparts, inadequate and overcrowded housing similar to African-Americans.

    Date Created:
    2005-06-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Karen Richman, Gia Barboza
    Abstract:

    Explains how the shift in workers’ retirement funding from defined benefit pensions to defined contribution plans places undue burden on participants’ financial literacy. Latinos’ low financial literacy contributes to lower participation rates and “off-brand” uses of defined contribution savings plans. Recommends policies to bolster Latinos’ financial literacy and retirement security. Based on Survey of Income Program Participants (SIPP) and Health and Retirement Sur…

    Date Created:
    2007-01-01
    Resource Type
    Report