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Marriage Migration: Just another case of positive assortative matching?

  • Celikaksoy, Aycan

    ()

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt

    ()

    (University of Aarhus)

  • Verner, Mette

    ()

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

It is a stylized fact that marriage formation generally involves positive assortative matching (PAM) on education. We test whether this is also the case for immigrants who tend to import their spouses and potentially use education as an exchange mechanism. We find that only women match positively on education. For Turks the results robustly confirm PAM, whereas for Pakistanis there is no evidence of PAM. For men there is local support to the exchange hypothesis, since cultural assimilation or conflicts with parents, through less spouse import, increase the likelihood of marrying a highly educated spouse.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 03-27.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 26 May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2003_027
Note: Published in Review of Economics of the Household, 4, pp271-293, 2006
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