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Hypergamy, Cross-Boundary Marriages, and Family Behavior

  • Weiss, Yoram

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    (Tel Aviv University)

  • Yi, Junjian

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    (National University of Singapore)

  • Zhang, Junsen

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    (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

We study the rise in marriages between residents of HK and China following the handover of HK to China in 1997. Cross-boundary marriages accounted for almost half the marriages registered in HK in 2006. Because of large differences in male income between China and HK, marriages of HK men with Mainland women outnumbered those of HK women with mainland men sevenfold. Following the handover, HK women had lower marriage, higher divorce and higher emigration rates. These outcomes are predicted by our matching model and contradict the hypothesis that cross-boundary marriages were driven by rising education of HK women.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7293
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