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Title:Anthropometry of love - height and gender asymmetries in interethnic marriages PDF Logo
Authors:Belot, Michèle
Fidrmuc, Jan
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2846
Abstract:Both in the UK and in the US, we observe puzzling gender asymmetries in the propensity to outmarry: Black men are more likely to have white spouses than Black women, but the opposite is true for Chinese: Chinese men are half less likely to be married to a White person than Chinese women. We argue that differences in height distributions, combined with a simple preference for a taller husband, can partly explain these ethnic-specific gender asymmetries. Blacks are taller than Asians, and we argue that this significantly affects their marriage prospects with whites. We provide empirical support for this hypothesis using data from the Millenium Cohort Study, which contains valuable and unique information on heights of married couples.
Subjects:intermarriage
gender
height
JEL:J12
J15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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