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Interethnic Marriages and their Economic Effects

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  • Furtado, Delia

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    (University of Connecticut)

  • Trejo, Stephen

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    (University of Texas at Austin)

Abstract

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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6399.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Publication status: published in: Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, Chapter 15, 276-292
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  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. 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).
  4. Aycan Çelikaksoy, 2014. "Parental Background and Union Formation Behavior of Native Born Individuals in Sweden with a Foreign Background," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(3), pages 351-362, June.
  5. 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.

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