Pathways to Cuban-American homeownership: A case study of race, assimilation, and ownership dynamics

Brandon P. Martínez, Nicholas Petersen, George Wilson

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This analysis uses 2015 American Community Survey data to explore the determinants of homeownership among Cuban-Americans in the U.S. Homeownership is an important wealth-generating mechanism and access to it can determine the future socio-economic standing of the second generation and beyond. Drawing insights from the literatures on systemic racism and assimilation, we test two competing theories of homeownership stratification among Cuban-Americans. While logistic regression results indicate that race and measures of assimilation predicthomeownership, we find greater support for assimilation theory. Consistent with previous research, sociocultural assimilation measures like English language and nativity positively predict the odds of homeownership. The analysis concludes with a discussion of theoretical implications for studying homeownership, racial stratification, and assimilation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLatinos in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationTheir Voices and Lived Experiences
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781536130751
ISBN (Print)9781536130744
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Assimilation
  • Cuban-american
  • Homeownership
  • Race
  • Stratification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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