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Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States


Kate Choi


Princeton University

Marta Tienda


Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark


University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Mathias Sinning


University of Queensland

June 2011

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 12/11

Abstract:     
The claim that marriage is a venue for status exchange of achieved traits, like education, and ascribed attributes, notably race and ethnic membership, has regained traction in the social stratification literature. Most studies that consider status exchanges ignore birthplace as a social boundary for status exchanges via couple formation. This paper evaluates the status exchange hypothesis for Australia and the United States, two Anglophone nations with long immigration traditions whose admission regimes place different emphases on skills. A loglinear analysis reveals evidence of status exchange in the United States among immigrants with lower levels of education and mixed nativity couples with foreign-born husbands. Partly because Australian educational boundaries are less sharply demarcated at the postsecondary level, we find is weaker evidence for the status exchange hypothesis. Australian status exchanges across nativity boundaries usually involve marriages between immigrant spouses with a postsecondary credential below a college degree and native-born high school graduates.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Status exchange, immigration, educational assortative mating

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Date posted: June 10, 2011  

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Choi, Kate and Tienda, Marta and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Sinning, Mathias, Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States (June 2011). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 12/11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1860486 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1860486

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Kate Choi (Contact Author)
Princeton University ( email )
22 Chambers Street
Princeton, NJ 08544
United States
Marta Tienda
Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States
609-258-5808 (Phone)
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )
Level 5, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Mathias Sinning
University of Queensland ( email )
St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia
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