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Marriage migration: just another case of positive assortative matching?

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  • Aycan Çelikaksoy

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  • Helena Nielsen

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  • Mette Verner

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It is a stylized fact that marriage formation involves positive assortative matching on education. We also find this in the case of immigrants, even when they tend to “import” their spouses and potentially trade off education for other favorable characteristics. For Pakistanis, we find positive compensating differentials in terms of high education to youth having adopted host country norms, when marrying a marriage migrant. This indicates that Pakistani marriage migrants pay a premium to be able to marry and live in Denmark. For Turks, individuals having source country norms pay a premium in order to import a partner, indicating that unspoiled traditional norms are traded off for education. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • Aycan Çelikaksoy & Helena Nielsen & Mette Verner, 2006. "Marriage migration: just another case of positive assortative matching?," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 253-275, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:4:y:2006:i:3:p:253-275
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-006-0006-3
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    Keywords

    Assortative matching; Homogamy; Exchange theory; Compensating differentials; Marriage migration; J12; J15;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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