Divorce Among European and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.

29 Pages Posted: 21 May 2019

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Christina Houseworth

University of Illinois at Chicago

Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper analyzes the status of being currently divorced among European and Mexican immigrants in the U.S., among themselves and in comparison to the native born of the same ancestries. The data are for males and females age 18 to 55, who married only once, in the 2010-2014 American Community Surveys. Among immigrants, better job opportunities, measured by educational attainment, English proficiency and a longer duration in the U.S. are associated with a higher probability of being divorced. Those who married prior to migration and who first married at an older age are less likely to be divorced. Those who live in states with a higher divorce rate are more likely to be divorced. Thus, currently being divorced among immigrants is more likely for those who are better positioned in the labor market, less closely connected to their ethnic origins, and among Mexican immigrants who live in an environment in which divorce is more prevalent.

Keywords: human capital, gender, immigrants, minorities, divorce, marriage, demographics

JEL Classification: J12, J15, J16, J24

Suggested Citation

Houseworth, Christina and Chiswick, Barry R., Divorce Among European and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12295. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3390285

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Barry R. Chiswick

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