Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Socioeconomic Achievements of Asian Americans in the 21st Century
by Zhou, Bo, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2018, 166; 10930764
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation research is a comprehensive study of Asian Americans' socioeconomic achievements. It aims to measure changes of Asian Americans' socioeconomic achievements between 2005 and 2015, to examine the glass ceiling facing Asian Americans, and to evaluate the impacts of the Great Recession and concentration on occupational attainments of Asian Americans.

Using American Community Survey data, I attempt to answer the following questions. First, how did the patterns of Asian Americans' socioeconomic achievements changed over a decade between 2005 and 2015? Second, how thick and persistent is the glass ceiling faced by Asian immigrants and U.S.-born Asians? Third, did Asian Americans benefit from geographical and industrial concentration? Fourth, what was the impacts of the Great Recession on Asian Americans?

The potential contributions of this study are as follows. First and foremost, it provides substantiate empirical findings on glass ceiling facing Asian Americans. Moreover, it clarifies the effects of industrial and geographical concentration on each of the major Asian American groups. It examines how glass ceiling facing Asian Americans being strengthened during the Great Recession. In addition to the theoretical contributions, it also improves research methods through applying synthetic cohort analysis on the study of glass ceiling.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Liang, Zai
Commitee: Denton, Nancy, Yang, Tse-Chuan
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian Studies, Icelandic & Scandinavian literature, Demography
Keywords: Asian Americans, Concentration, Glass ceiling, The Great Recession
Publication Number: 10930764
ISBN: 978-0-438-34026-8
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