Working Papers

The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Attitudes on Hispanic Identity in the U.S

In this paper, I study the determinants of the choice to identify as Hispanic among those who could---those whose parents, grandparents, or selves were born in a Spanish-speaking country. I find that individuals with Hispanic ancestry are significantly less likely to self-identify as Hispanic if they live in states with high levels of implicit ethnic bias. A one standard deviation increase in bias decreases self-reported Hispanic identity by seven and 13 percentage points for first and second-generation Hispanics, respectively. These effects are more prominent among second-generation immigrants whose mothers and fathers were born in a Spanish-speaking country than among children of inter-ethnic parents.

The Impact of Hispanic Last Names and Identity on Labor Market Outcomes

In this paper, I compare the children of inter-ethnic marriages to study the impact of having a Hispanic last name.

Democracy and Ethnic Favoritism: Evidence from Africa

What is the effect of democracy on ethnic favoritism? I estimate the relationship between co-ethnicity and five outcomes of public good provision – education, infant health, wealth, access to clean drinking water and access to electricity – using …