The Effect of Marriage on Education of Immigrants: Evidence from a Policy Reform Restricting Marriage Migration

30 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nina Smith

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Aycan Celikaksoy

Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Date Written: 2009-01

Abstract

We investigate the effect of immigrants’ marriage behavior on dropout from education. To identify the causal effect, we exploit a recent Danish policy reform that generated exogenous variation in marriage behavior by a complete abolishment of marriage migration for immigrants below 24 years. The reform influenced immigrants from countries with a high historical rate of marriage migration more than immigrants from country groups with a low rate. We find that the dropout rate for males increases by 25 percentage points as a consequence of marriage to a marriage migrant, whereas the effect for females is small and mostly insignificant.

Suggested Citation

Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Smith, Nina and Celikaksoy, Aycan, The Effect of Marriage on Education of Immigrants: Evidence from a Policy Reform Restricting Marriage Migration (2009-01). Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 111, Issue 3, pp. 457-486, September 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489052 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2009.01572.x

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Nina Smith

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Aycan Celikaksoy

Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

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