Interethnic Marriages and Their Economic Effects
University of Connecticut - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Stephen J. Trejo
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6399
Immigrants who marry outside of their ethnicity tend to have better economic outcomes than those who marry within ethnicity. It is difficult, however, to interpret this relationship because individuals with stronger preferences for ethnic endogamy are likely to differ in unobserved ways from those with weaker preferences. To clarify some of the complex issues surrounding interethnic marriage and assimilation, this chapter starts by considering the determinants of intermarriage, proceeds with an examination of the economic consequences of intermarriage, and ends with a discussion of the links between intermarriage, ethnic identification, and measurement of long-term socioeconomic integration.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: intermarriage, immigration, ethnicity
JEL Classification: J12, J15, J61working papers series
Date posted: March 10, 2012
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