Integration of Ethnic Minorities: Do They Divorce as Natives Do?

23 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2016

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Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jens Bonke

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit

Abstract

We investigate the divorce patterns among non‐Western immigrants and natives in Denmark. We focus on marriages entered on or after arrival to Denmark and analyze whether inter‐ethnic marriages result in higher divorce rates and whether divorce behavior differs between first- and second‐generation immigrants and native couples. We show that inter‐ethnic couples (one native, one immigrant) in general are more likely to divorce than native couples (two natives), while co-ethnic couples (two immigrants) are less likely to divorce, when controlling for differences in socioeconomic characteristics. In particular, co‐ethnic couples composed of a first‐ and second‐generation immigrant are less likely to divorce, while the divorce probability is the highest among inter‐ethnic couples composed of a native woman and a first-generation immigrant man. The analyses are based on register information from Statistics Denmark for the years 1990–2014.

Keywords: inter‐ and co‐ethnic marriage and divorce

JEL Classification: J12, J15, D13

Suggested Citation

Schultz-Nielsen, Marie Louise and Bonke, Jens, Integration of Ethnic Minorities: Do They Divorce as Natives Do?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9727, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731990

Marie Louise Schultz-Nielsen (Contact Author)

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit ( email )

Sejroegade 11
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Denmark

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

Jens Bonke

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit ( email )

Sejroegade 11
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Denmark

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