An Educational Gradient in Health Among Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese in the United States

Daesung Choi , University of Pennsylvania
Jung In, University of Oxford

Previous studies reported a weaker education-health gradient in foreign-born populations compared to non-Hispanic whites and U.S.-born populations. However, few studies have examined the relationship between education and health among East Asian subpopulations in comparison with US-born counterparts. Using two data sources from the EASS 2008 and 2010 and the March CPS 2008-2015, we investigate the relationship between education and self-reported health among Chinese, Koreans and Japanese who migrated to the U.S., those who were born in the U.S. and those living in their country of origin. The results suggest that there is an educational selection of immigrants. We confirmed the weak gradient in health among three Asian subpopulations compared to non-Hispanic whites. We also found that there is a substantial variation in the gradient by nativity and immigration status.

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 Presented in Session 7. Migration & Urbanization