Education Outcomes of Children of Asian Intermarriages: Does Gender of the Immigrant Parent Matter?

41 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2016  

Sukanya Basu

Vassar College - Department of Economics

Mike Insler

United States Naval Academy - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 24, 2016

Abstract

Studies about the effects of native and immigrant intermarriage on the human capital of children generally group all immigrants. They ignore disparate impacts by gender, ethnicity, or other attributes. Using 2000 U.S. Census data, we compare the high school dropout rates of 16-17-year-old children of Asian intermarriages and intra-marriages. We study differences between Asian-father and Asian-mother only families, controlling for observable child, parental and residential characteristics, as well as unobservable selection into intermarriage. Despite the higher average education and income levels of intermarried families, the children of Asian-father-native-mother households have higher dropout rates compared to both Asian intra-married and Asian-mother-native-father households. Children of less-educated fathers do worse, relative to children of less-educated mothers, suggesting the importance of intergenerational paternal transmission of education. Racial self-identity is also important – children identify as “non-Asian” more often when the mother is native, and their families may under-emphasize education bringing them closer to native levels.

Keywords: education of children, intermarriage, ethnic identification

JEL Classification: J15, J12, I21

Suggested Citation

Basu, Sukanya and Insler, Mike, Education Outcomes of Children of Asian Intermarriages: Does Gender of the Immigrant Parent Matter? (August 24, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2828855 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2828855

Sukanya Basu (Contact Author)

Vassar College - Department of Economics ( email )

124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
United States

Michael Insler

United States Naval Academy - Department of Economics ( email )

589 McNair Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
United States

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