Arturo Gonzalez

A labor economist , I have researched and written about the accumulation of human capital, particularly English language, schooling, and vocational training. 

You can contact me at: a g o n 123 <at> g m a i l <dot> c o m


My Publications & Research


Mexican Americans and the U.S. Economy: Quest for Buenos Dias. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2002) Here's some information from the UA Press. You can get it at, and


Hispanic Brokers and Borrowers: The Effect of Language Affinity on the Price of Home Mortgages (2015). Regional Science and Urban Economics, 50, 77-86. With Chau Do.

“The Evolution of Hispanic Literacy in the Twenty-First Century: From the First to the Third Generation” (2013). In The Economic Status of the Hispanic Population: Selected Essays, edited by Marie T. Mora and Alberto Dávila, pp. 33-48. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

“Estimating the Effects of the Length of Exposure to a Training Program: The Case of Job Corps” (2012). Review of Economics and Statistics, 94(1), pp.153-171. With Carlos A. Lagunes, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes and Todd Neumann.

“Is there a Link Between Hispanics and First-Generation College Students? The Importance of Exposure to a College-Going Tradition” (2010). In Latinos and the Economy: Integration and Impact in Schools, Labor Markets, and Beyond, edited by David Leal and Steve Trejo, pp. 95-110. New York: Springer.

"Learning But Not Earning? The Value of Job Corps Training for Hispanics" (2010). Economic Inquiry, 48(3), pg. 651-667. With Alfonso Flores-Lagunes and Todd Neumann.

"The Interaction of Job Corps Training, Local Labor Markets, and Employment Networks on Labor Market Outcomes of Young Hispanics” (2008). In Young Workers in the Global Economy: Job Issues in North America, Europe and Japan, edited by Gregory DeFreitas. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

"The Role of 2-Year Colleges in the Improving Situation of Hispanic Postsecondary Education” (2006). Economics of Education Review, 25(3), 249-257. With Michael J. Hilmer.


"Alternative Paths to College Completion: The Effect of Attending a Two Year School on the Probability of Completing a Four Year Degree” (2006). Economics of Education Review, 25(5), 463-471. With Jonathan Sandy and Michael J. Hilmer.

"Out of the Barrio: Do Young Hispanics Benefit from Residential Job Training Programs?" (2004). Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2004, San Diego, California. Chicago, IL: Industrial Relations Research Association, pp. 110-121. With Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, and Todd Neumann.


"The Educational Outcomes of Minorities in Arizona: Implications for National and State Policy Makers" (2002). Educational Policy, 16(2), 288-310. With Adela de la Torre.

"The Education of Immigrant Children: The Impact of Age at Arrival” (2003). Economics of Education Review, 22(2), 202-212. 

The Acquisition and Labor Market Value of Four English Skills: New Evidence from NALS" (2002). Contemporary Economic Policy,18(3), 259-269.


"What English Skills Matter to Immigrants? The Acquisition and Value of Four English Skills." In Language Ideologies: Critical Perspectives on the Official Language Movement, Volume 1, Education and Social Implications of Official Language, edited by Roseann D. Gonzalez with Ildiko Melis. Urbana, Il: NCTE (2000). Pages 205-226.

"Mexican Enclaves and the Price of Culture" (1998). Journal of Urban Economics, 43(2), 273-291.

Public Policy

California's Commitment to Adult English Learners: Caught Between Funding and Need. Public Policy Institute of California, 2007.

”Day Labor in the Golden State,"California Economic Policy, Vol. 3, No. 3. Public Policy Institute of California, 2007.

"The Impact of the 2001/2002 Economic Recession on Hispanic Workers—A Cross-Sectional Comparison of Three Generations.” Pew Hispanic Center, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.    


"The Effect of Community College Attendance on Hispanic Labor Market Outcomes,” joint with Michael J. Hilmer, San Diego State University.

Book Reviews

"Rebirth: Mexican Los Angeles From the Great Migration to the Great Depression, by Douglas Monroy” (1999). Journal of Economic History, 59(4), 1117-1118.

"Review of Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border, by David Bacon” (2006). Work and Occupations, 33(1), 118-120.