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How Interethnic Marriages Affect the Educational Attainment of Children; Evidence from a Natural Experiment

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  • van Ours, Jan C
  • Veenman, Justus
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    The allocation of Moluccan immigrants across towns and villages at arrival in the Netherlands and the subsequent formation of interethnic marriages resemble a natural experiment. The exogenous variation in marriage formation allows us to estimate the causal effect of interethnic marriages on the educational attainment of children from such marriages. We find that children from Moluccan fathers and native mothers have a higher educational attainment than children from ethnic homogeneous Moluccan couples or children from a Moluccan mother and a native father.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 6688.

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    Keywords: Educational Attainment; Interethnic marriages;

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    1. van Ours, Jan C. & Veenman, Justus, 2010. "How interethnic marriages affect the educational attainment of children: Evidence from a natural experiment," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 111-117, January.
    2. Sara Bonfanti, 2014. "Calling into Question the Link between Educational Achievement and Migrant Background," EUI-RSCAS Working Papers p0381, European University Institute (EUI), Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies (RSCAS).

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