Afro-descendants and social stratification in Mexico. New evidence from the 2015 Intercensal Survey

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June 1, 2019

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educational status occupational status social stratification race and ethnicity ethnic-racial self-identification


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Eduardo Torre-Cantalapiedra et al., « Afro-descendants and social stratification in Mexico. New evidence from the 2015 Intercensal Survey », Papeles de población, ID : 10670/1.fe8pp7


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: The 2015 Intercensal Survey marks the first time African descent self-identification was included on a nationally representative survey in Mexico. Before that, there were no nation-wide official counts of the Afro-Mexican population. In this paper we use ordinal logistic regression models to examine the effect of being Afro-descendant on the educational and occupational status of Mexicans. Contrary to expectations, our results show that, at the national level, there is no evidence that the self-identified Afro-Mexican population has a lower socioeconomic status than other Mexicans. This contradictory result may be attributed to a higher likelihood of Afro-descendant self-identification among more educated people, and lower among the most disadvantaged, particularly in areas where Afro-Mexicans are less represented.

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