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How interethnic marriages affect the educational attainment of children: Evidence from a natural experiment


  • van Ours, Jan C.
  • Veenman, Justus


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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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:17:y:2010:i:1:p:111-117

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    1. Chiswick, Barry R. & DebBurman, Noyna, 2004. "Educational attainment: analysis by immigrant generation," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 361-379, August.
    2. van Ours, Jan C. & Veenman, Justus, 2008. "How Interethnic Marriages Affect the Educational Attainment of Children: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 3308, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. van Ours, Jan C & Veenman, Justus, 2008. "How Interethnic Marriages Affect the Educational Attainment of Children; Evidence from a Natural Experiment," CEPR Discussion Papers 6688, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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