Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States
AbstractThe claim that marriage is a venue for status exchange of achieved traits, like education, and ascribed attributes, notably race and ethnic membership, has regained traction in the social stratifi cation literature. Most studies that consider status exchanges ignore birthplace as a social boundary for status exchanges via couple formation. This paper evaluates the status exchange hypothesis for Australia and the United States, two Anglophone nations with long immigration traditions whose admission regimes place diff erent emphases on skills. A log-linear analysis reveals evidence of status exchange in the United States among immigrants with lower levels of education and mixed nativity couples with foreign-born husbands. Partly because Australian educational boundaries are less sharply demarcated at the postsecondary level, we fi nd weaker evidence for the status exchange hypothesis. Australian status exchanges across nativity boundaries usually involve marriages between immigrant spouses with a postsecondary credential below a college degree and native-born high school graduates.
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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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- Kate H. Choi & Marta Tienda & Deborah Cobb-Clark & Mathias Sinning, 2011. "Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2011n12, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
- Choi, Kate H. & Tienda, Marta & Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. & Sinning, Mathias, 2011. "Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States," IZA Discussion Papers 5750, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Kate H. Choi & Marta Tienda & Deborah Cobb-Clark & Mathias Sinning, 2011. "Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2011-545, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
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