Pathways Magazine - Spring 2015

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A magazine on poverty, inequality, and social policy

Generously supported by The Elfenworks Foundation

  • Trends in poverty and inequality: Periodic reports on key poverty and inequality indicators
  • Cutting-edge research: Concise summaries of research that is changing how we understand the sources and consequences of poverty and inequality
  • Bold new visions: Must-read discussions of how labor market, poverty, and inequality policy might be rethought and changed
  • Debates: Leading scholars and policymakers weigh in on the crucial poverty and inequality questions of our time

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Table of Contents - Spring 2015

Editors' Note by David B. Grusky, Charles Varner, and Marybeth J. Mattingly

    Hispanics in America: A Report Card on Poverty, Mobility, and Assimilation

    • The Real Hispanic Challenge
      Douglas S. Massey
      The simple aim of recent immigration and border policy: Reduce the inflow of undocumented migrants. Has the policy worked? Were there unanticipated consequences?
    • Why Isn't the Hispanic Poverty Rate Rising?
      Marybeth J. Mattingly and Juan M. Pedroza
      It is often assumed that, as the size of the undocumented population grows, poverty rates among Hispanics will increase. But in fact poverty rates have proven to be stable. Why?
    • The "Chilling Effect" of America's New Immigration Enforcement Regime
      Francisco I. Pedraza and Ling Zhu
      Are TANF enrollments declining because Hispanic immigrants are afraid that enrollment will lead to deportation? Find out here.
    • Revisiting the "Americano Dream"
      Van C. Tran
      Is Latino assimilation stalling out because of the recent recession, rising deportation rates, and the growing popularity of rural destinations?
    • The Waning Hispanic Health Paradox
      Fernando Riosmena, Elisabeth Root, Jamie Humphrey, Emily Steiner, and Rebecca Stubbs
      It is well known that Hispanics have been more healthy than other groups in the U.S. with a similar socioeconomic position. Is this "Hispanic Health Paradox" alive and well?

    Research in Brief

    • Research in Brief
      Ryan T. Leupp
      New evidence that conventional analyses of social mobility may overstate actual opportunities; the effects of long work hours on the gender gap; and more.


    • Reducing Poverty in California...Permanently
      Conway Collis, David B. Grusky, Sara Kimberlin, Courtney Powers, and Sandra Sanchez (in collaboration with Marion Coddou, Erin Cumberworth, Jonathan Fisher, Jared Furuta, Jasmine Hill, Molly King, Yana Kucheva, Ryan Leupp, Ana Matosantos, Natassia Rodriguez, and Rachel Wright)
      What if we decided to go beyond the usual lip-service commitments to reducing poverty and actually tried to do something big? Learn more about a new plan to reduce poverty—substantially and permanently—in California.

    Funding from the Elfenworks Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gratefully acknowledged. The contents of this issue are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Elfenworks Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation), Administration for Children and Families Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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