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Residential segregation and black-white intermarriage


  • Finn Christensen

    () (Towson University)


I use 1980, 1990, and 2000 Census data to show that greater residential segregation is associated with a lower probability that black men, black women, white men, and white women are in black-white marriages. This negative relationship grows stronger among whites and remains constant among blacks when I control for local marriage market characteristics. Plausible explanations for the results are discussed and investigated.

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  • Finn Christensen, 2011. "Residential segregation and black-white intermarriage," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(1), pages 722-738.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00025

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    1. Eeckhoudt, Louis R & Hammitt, James K, 2001. "Background Risks and the Value of a Statistical Life," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 261-279, November.
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    segregation; racial intermarriage; spatial mismatch;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets


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