How Interethnic Marriages Affect the Educational Attainment of Children: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

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Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Justus Veenman

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute for Sociological and Economic Research; Tinbergen Institute

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Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

The allocation of Moluccan immigrants across towns and villages at arrival in the Netherlands and the subsequent formation of interethnic marriages resemble a natural experiment. The exogenous variation in marriage formation allows us to estimate the causal effect of interethnic marriages on the educational attainment of children from such marriages. We find that children from Moluccan fathers and native mothers have a higher educational attainment than children from ethnic homogeneous Moluccan couples or children from a Moluccan mother and a native father.

Keywords: interethnic marriages, educational attainment

JEL Classification: I21, J15

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Veenman, Justus, How Interethnic Marriages Affect the Educational Attainment of Children: Evidence from a Natural Experiment (January 2008). IZA Working Paper No. 3308. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135884 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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Justus Veenman

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute for Sociological and Economic Research ( email )

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