ERIC Number: ED055715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Income and Expense Records of 17 Mexican-American Families.
LaGra, Jerry L.; Barkley, Paul W.
A selected group of 17 Mexican American families who went to the Othello, Washington, area as migrant agricultural workers and tried to become a part of the resident population were studied to learn something of the earnings and spending habits of ex-migrant Mexican American families in Othello. To obtain accurate data on income and expenses, a detailed record book was placed in each participating home. In addition, an interview schedule was used in seeking socioeconomic information. The interview schedule yielded data on estimated incomes and expenses of the families during the 1968 calendar year. The record book yielded day-to-day information during a 2-month period. The decision makers in the families studied were found to have desires and motives much like those of other middle-class or lower-middle-class families. The most significant difference was that the families studied depended upon income from highly variable sources. Although family income was quite acceptable or even quite high during a given period, the accumulation of debts from past periods or the anticipation of future periods of low income often required that the family live at a level incommensurate with current income. (JH)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Washington Agricultural Experiment Station.