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Interethnic Marriages and their Economic Effects

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  • Delia Furtado

    (University of Conneticut)

  • Stephen Trejo

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    (University of Texas at Austin)

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Immigrants who marry outside of their ethnicity tend to have better economic outcomes than those who marry within ethnicity. It is difficult, however, to interpret this relationship because individuals with stronger preferences for ethnic endogamy are likely to differ in unobserved ways from those with weaker preferences. To clarify some of the complex issues surrounding interethnic marriage and assimilation, this chapter starts by considering the determinants of intermarriage, proceeds with an examination of the economic consequences of intermarriage, and ends with a discussion of the links between intermarriage, ethnic identification, and measurement of long-term socioeconomic integration.

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Paper provided by Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London in its series CReAM Discussion Paper Series with number 1205.

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  1. Andrén, Daniela & Andrén, Thomas, 2013. "State dependence in Swedish social assistance," Working Papers, Örebro University, School of Business 2013:7, Örebro University, School of Business.
  2. Matz, Julia Anna, 2013. "Ethnicity, Marriage and Family Income," Discussion Papers, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF) 154935, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF).
  3. Andrén, Daniela & Andrén, Thomas, 2013. "State dependence in Swedish social assistance in the 1990s: What happened to those who were single before the recession?," Working Papers, Örebro University, School of Business 2013:10, Örebro University, School of Business.
  4. Sweetman, Arthur & van Ours, Jan C., 2014. "Immigration: What about the Children and Grandchildren?," IZA Discussion Papers 7919, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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