The Political Economy of Immigrant Health : An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Social Capital and the Immigrant Paradox

dc.contributor.advisorScotch, Richard K.
dc.creatorNava, Marcela
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-30T21:17:40Z
dc.date.available2022-03-30T21:17:40Z
dc.date.created2021-08
dc.date.issued2021-07-23
dc.date.submittedAugust 2021
dc.date.updated2022-03-30T21:17:42Z
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is framed as a body of interdisciplinary, multilevel and multisectoral approaches to explore immigrant health. First, I clarify the public policy environment through which immigrant health is regulated to identify gaps and inconsistencies in current policies. This is accomplished through a conceptual paper that illustrates existing public policies and various health-related political and economic considerations of immigrants in Tarrant County, Texas. Second, I advance a conceptual framework that conceptualizes the properties and mechanisms through which socioeconomic factors influence immigrant health. This is carried out through an in-depth literature review on the immigrant paradox and a qualitative research study of key informants in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Third, I explore measures of social capital and other determinants of health to explore variation in the health of immigrant subgroups. This is carried out through the development, implementation, and analysis of a pilot survey. Finally, I highlight opportunities for interdisciplinary research through the application of political and economic theories to explain the immigrant paradox. I conclude with a call to action for greater integration of political economists within health equity research.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10735.1/9412
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectEmigration and immigration
dc.subjectPublic policy (Law)
dc.subjectQuality of life
dc.subjectEconomics
dc.titleThe Political Economy of Immigrant Health : An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Social Capital and the Immigrant Paradox
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentPublic Policy and Political Economy
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Dallas
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.namePHD

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