Investigating Hispanic Underrepresentation in Managerial and Professional Occupations

Kusum Mundra, Andrew Moellmer, Waldo Lopez-Aqueres

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In this article, the authors examine Hispanic underrepresentation in managerial and professional occupations on the basis of human capital deficiencies, economic and spatial barriers, and the lack of mentoring resources. Using Public Use Microdata Samples data, the authors find that there is a 6% chance of Hispanics working as a manager or a professional over other professions, whereas the same probability is 32% for non-Hispanic Whites. Also, the most important explanatory variable affecting the chances of being a manager or professional for Hispanics is fluency in English, whereas years of education are most important for non-Hispanic Whites.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)513-529
Number of pages17
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


  • Business
  • Employment
  • Hispanic underrepresentation
  • Human capital
  • Mentoring


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