Interethnic Marriages and Their Economic Effects

30 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2012

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Delia Furtado

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

Stephen J. Trejo

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

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.

Keywords: intermarriage, immigration, ethnicity

JEL Classification: J12, J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Furtado, Delia and Trejo, Stephen J., Interethnic Marriages and Their Economic Effects. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6399, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2019451

Delia Furtado (Contact Author)

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Stephen J. Trejo

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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