I'll Marry You If You Get Me a Job: Marital Assimilation and Immigrant Employment Rates

15 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2009

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Delia Furtado

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

University of Cyprus

Abstract

Marriage to a native has a theoretically ambiguous impact on immigrant employment rates. Utilizing 2000 U.S. Census data, this paper empirically tests whether and how marriage choice affects the probability that an immigrant is employed. Results from an ordinary least squares model controlling for the usual measures of human capital and immigrant assimilation suggest that marriage to a native increases an immigrant's employment probability by approximately four percentage points. The estimated impact of marriage to a native increases to 11 percentage points in models which take into account the endogeneity of the intermarriage decision.

Keywords: intermarriage, employment, immigration

JEL Classification: J12, J61

Suggested Citation

Furtado, Delia and Theodoropoulos, Nikolaos, I'll Marry You If You Get Me a Job: Marital Assimilation and Immigrant Employment Rates. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3951, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1332592

Delia Furtado (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics ( email )

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Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

University of Cyprus ( email )

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Nicosia, Nicosia P.O. Box 2
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