May 11, 2023

Why Brazilians Are Not Considered Latino in the US

Raphael Nishimura discussed how the U.S. Census and American Community Survey identifies Brazilians illustrates measurement errors in surveys when the way a survey identifies race and ethnicity is different than how respondents identify themselves:

Methodologically, this [the error in the 2020 ACS] is quite interesting to illustrate one of the aspects of measurement error in surveys: the impact of the respondent’s understanding of the question on what is intended to be measured.

In that case, it seems to me that the US Census Bureau [US Census Bureau] should make it clearer on this issue what is and what is not considered Latino, Hispanic or Spanish origin. (Google Translate from Portuguese)