Ethnic Neighborhoods and Naturalization in the United States.
- Abstract: This thesis seeks to understand the naturalization choices of Chinese and Indian immigrants in the United States. I focus in particular on the association between ethnic neighborhoods (or enclaves) and naturalization outcomes. Using microdata from the 2011 American Community Survey, I explore the impact of individual and neighborhood attributes on (a) the probability of an immigrant being ... read morenaturalized and (b) how soon an eligible immigrant chooses to naturalize. My analysis produces mixed results with regards to the neighborhood variable: depending on the model specification and immigrant group in question, the coefficient of living in or near an ethnic enclave is positive but not always significant. The individual attribute variables confirm the findings of previous literature. One exception is the dummy variable of having children, which I find to be negatively correlated with the probability of naturalization.read less