Brides for Sale: Cross-Border Marriages and Female Immigration
Hitotsubashi University - Department of Economics
University of Maryland - Department of Economics
March 13, 2012
Harvard Business School Research Paper No. 12-082
Every year, a large number of women migrate as brides from developing countries to developed countries in East Asia. This phenomenon virtually did not exist in the early 1990s, but foreign brides currently comprise 4 to 35 percent of newlyweds in these developed Asian countries. This paper argues that two factors account for this rapid increase in “bride importation”: the rapid growth of women's educational attainment and a cultural norm that leads to low net surplus of marriage for educated women. We provide empirical evidence supporting our theoretical model and its implications, using datasets from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: Immigration, Marriage, Sex Ratio Imbalance, International Marriages, Cross- border marriages, Assortative Matching
JEL Classification: A12, J12, J61working papers series
Date posted: March 14, 2012 ; Last revised: March 29, 2012
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