Assimilation Through Marriage

13 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2013

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Renana Lindner Pomerantz

Bar-Ilan University

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Date Written: May 2013


The degree to which the foreign culture influences the local culture differs across countries. We show how the willingness of locals and immigrants to intermarry influences the culture and the national identity of the host country. Using a search‐theoretic approach we show that, even in situations where migrants and natives prefer to marry within their own community, the search process may lead to intermarriage: either migrants or natives each hold on to their own culture or the immigrants take on the natives' culture. In some situations new cultures develop and the local culture will not survive over time.

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Epstein, Gil S. and Lindner Pomerantz, Renana, Assimilation Through Marriage (May 2013). Review of International Economics, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 191-203, 2013. Available at SSRN: or

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