More than Just Friends? School Peers and Adult Interracial Relationships

41 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2016

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Luca Merlino

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Max Friedrich Steinhardt

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centro Studi Luca D'Agliano (LdA); Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

Liam Wren-Lewis

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of individuals' school peers on their adult romantic relationships. In particular, we consider the effect of quasi-random variation in the share of black students within an individual's cohort on the percentage of adults' cohabiting partners that are black. We find that more black peers leads to more relationships with blacks later in life. The results are similar whether relationships begun near or far from school, suggesting that the racial mix of schools has an important and persistent impact on racial attitudes.

Keywords: assortative matching, romantic relationships, race

JEL Classification: J12, J15, J16

Suggested Citation

Merlino, Luca and Steinhardt, Max Friedrich and Wren-Lewis, Liam, More than Just Friends? School Peers and Adult Interracial Relationships. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10319. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2864819

Luca Merlino (Contact Author)

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