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Intermarriage and Immigrant Employment: The Role of Networks

  • Delia Furtado
  • Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

Social networks are commonly understood to play a large role in the labor market success of immigrants. Using 2000 U.S. Census data, this paper examines whether access to native networks, as measured by marriage to a native, increases the probability of immigrant employment. We start by confirming in both least squares and instrumental variables frameworks that marriage to a native indeed increases immigrant employment rates. Next, we show that the returns to marrying a native are not likely to arise solely from citizenship rights acquired through marriage or characteristics of native spouses. We then present several pieces of evidence suggesting that networks obtained through marriage play an important part in explaining the relationship between marriage decisions and employment.

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Paper provided by University of Cyprus Department of Economics in its series University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics with number 3-2009.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:3-2009
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