ERIC Number: ED396034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Socioeconomic Status of Dominican New Yorkers.
Hernandez, Ramona; And Others
IUME Briefs, n5 Apr 1996
In recent years the Dominican population has been the fastest growing ethnic population in New York City, now comprising the second largest Hispanic group. This study reviewed 1980 and 1990 U.S. Census of Population statistics to present a picture of the economic lives of Dominicans and suggest ways to improve their status. The income of Dominicans ranks among the lowest of New York City ethnic groups, and the poverty rate is among the highest. The changing economic environment in New York has hit Dominicans particularly hard. Educational attainment is one of the key factors determining success in the labor market. Improving the economic status of Dominicans in New York City will require a major investment in education. Improving general adult literacy and English language proficiency also is essential. In addition, job training and workplace apprenticeships can help direct persons in the labor force away from low-paying jobs in collapsing industries and toward employment in sectors that offer greater long-term opportunities. Increased access to higher education is essential for the Dominican population. Public policies that support the educational efforts of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds would be of great value. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Census Figures, Dominicans, Economic Factors, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Job Training, Labor Market, Limited English Speaking, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Socioeconomic Status, Spanish Speaking, Urban Problems
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Aaron Diamond Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; New York State Legislature, Albany.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Based on a monograph, "Dominican New Yorkers: A Socioeconomic Profile, 1990" by Ramona Hernandez, Francisco Rivera-Batiz, and Roberto Agodini, see UD 030 993.