Religious Intermarriage and Socialization in the United States

Posted: 3 May 2004

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Alberto Bisin

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics; New York University (NYU) - Center for Experimental Social Science (CESS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Giorgio Topa

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Thierry Verdier

Paris School of Economics (PSE); Delta - Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

This paper presents an empirical analysis of a choice-theoretic model of cultural transmission. In particular, we use data from the General Social Survey to estimate the structural parameters of a model of marriage and child socialization along religious lines in the United States. The observed intermarriage and socialization rates are consistent with Protestants, Catholics, and Jews having a strong preference for children who identify with their own religious beliefs and making costly decisions to influence their children's religious beliefs. Our estimates imply dynamics of the shares of religious traits in the population that are in sharp contrast with the predictions obtained by linear extrapolations from current intermarriage rates.

Suggested Citation

Bisin, Alberto and Topa, Giorgio and Verdier, Thierry, Religious Intermarriage and Socialization in the United States. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 112, pp. 615-64, June 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=539024

Alberto Bisin

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics

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