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March 2018

Fernando Riosmena, University of Colorado

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“A re-appraisal of thinking on and the empirical evaluation of migration theories” Abstract: Over the last quarter Century, there has been considerable efforts to systematize knowledge on and empirically test the drivers of population mobility around a set of eight theories that either explain the initiation or continuation of international labor migration flows. In this presentation, I provide a reflection aimed at furthering theoretical development and empirical testing of these theories. I do so by: (1) providing more specific guidance on…

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February 2018

Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“Boomer and Millennial Young Adulthood Relationships: A Demographic Perspective“ Abstract: Baby Boomers were at the forefront of many changes in young adult relationship and family experiences. Today a new cohort, Millennials, outnumber Boomers and have redefined young adulthood.  Dr. Manning will contrast the relationship experiences of young adult Boomers and Millennials.  She will share new findings about recent patterns and trends in the formation and stability of young adult relationships. Concluding comments will focus on challenges and opportunities for research on…

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Yu Xie, Princeton

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“Heterogeneous Causal Effects: A Propensity Score Approach “ Abstract: Heterogeneity is ubiquitous in social science.  Individuals differ not only in background characteristics, but also in how they respond to a particular treatment. In this presentation, Yu Xie argues that a useful approach to studying heterogeneous causal effects is through the use of the propensity score. He demonstrates the use of the propensity score approach in three scenarios: when ignorability is true, when treatment is randomly assigned, and when ignorability is not…

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Joscha Legewie, Yale University

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“Policing and the Educational Performance of Minority Youth” Abstract: How does the expansion of police presence in poor urban communities affect educational outcomes? Exploiting a quasi-experimental design from New York City, we present causal evidence of the impact of aggressive, zero-tolerance policing on the educational performance of minority youth. Under Operation Impact, the New York Police Department (NYPD) saturated high crime areas with additional police officers with the mission to engage in aggressive order maintenance policing. We used administrative data from…

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Randall Kuhn, UC Los Angeles

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“A Large-Scale Survey of International Migrants from Rural Bangladesh: Longitudinal Evidence on Migration Costs, Earnings and Health” Abstract: Popular attention has focused on the harsh conditions facing overseas guest workers from countries such as Bangladesh to the states of the Persian Gulf, with the assumption of negative health consequences. In contrast, the global empirical literature on migrant health finds generally positive health outcomes for migrants relative to those left-behind, due in large part to self-selection. Yet most such studies match separate…

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Amparo González Ferrer, Spanish Scientific Research Council

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA United States

“Intergenerational Relationships among Latino Immigrant Families in Spain: Conflict and Emotional Intimacy” *Co-sponsored with The Center for the Study of International Migration Abstract: Relationships with parents have been identified as a major factor in shaping adolescents’ well-being and cognitive development. Compared to adolescents in native families, immigrant children face multiple stressors associated with international migration that may cause the relationship with their parents to be more conflictive or emotionally distant. In this paper, we compare the levels of mother-child conflict and…

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January 2018

Cynthia Feliciano, UC Irvine

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“How Multiracial Identities and Racial Classification Shape Latinos’ Dating Preferences“ Abstract:Understanding how life experiences vary by different dimensions of race may help clarify the growing Latino population’s place in the U.S. racial structure. This study examines how self-identifying with more than one racial group and racial classification relate to racial dating choices among Latinos. Analyses of data from online dating profiles reveal divergent patterns in stated racial preferences among Latinos depending upon whether and how they also identify with other…

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Rob Warren, University of Minnesota

January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“When Should Researchers Use Inferential Statistics When Analyzing Data on Full Populations?“ Abstract: Many researchers uncritically use inferential statistical procedures (e.g., hypothesis tests) when analyzing complete population data—a situation in which inference may seem unnecessary. We begin by reviewing and analyzing the most common rationales for employing inferential procedures when analyzing full population data. Two common rationales—having to do with handling missing data and generalizing results to other times and/or places—either lack merit or amount to analyzing sample (not population) data. …

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Chenoa Flippen, University of Pennsylvania

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA United States

“The Uphill Climb: A Transnational Perspective on Wealth Accumulation among Latino Immigrants in Durham, NC” Abstract: Wealth accumulation is a key dimension of ethno-racial stratification, and, among immigrants, an important indicator of incorporation.  Dramatically low assets among immigrant Latinos is thus a pressing concern, necessitating a better understanding of the social forces that shape wealth assimilation.  Drawing on a survey of Latino immigrants in Durham, NC, I argue for the importance of a transnational perspective on wealth for immigrant populations.  Nationally…

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Doug Massey, Princeton University

January 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“Train Wreck: US Immigration and Border Policy 1965-2010” Abstract: Despite the massive increase in border enforcement after 1986, undocumented population growth did not decrease, but rose. In this talk I undertake a systematic analysis of border enforcement as a policy for immigration control. Empirical results explain not only why it failed, but how and why it backfired. In the end, the militarization of the border did not increase the probability of apprehension at the border or reduce the likelihood of unauthorized…

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