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dc.contributor.authorChiswick, Barry R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHouseworth, Christina A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-14en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:35:52Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:35:52Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-2008101552en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35294-
dc.description.abstractThis paper analyzes the determinants of interethnic marriages among immigrants in the United States. The dependent variable is intermarriage across ethnic groups and the inclusion of the explanatory variables is justified by a simple rational choice economic model. A binomial logistic regression is estimated using data from the 1980 US Census, the last Census where post-migration marriages can be identified. Results show that the probability of intermarriage increases the longer a migrant resides in the U.S. and the younger the age at arrival. Both relationships can be attributable to the accumulation of US-specific human capital and an erosion of ethnic-specific human capital. Inter-ethnic marriages are more likely between individuals with similar education levels, providing evidence of positive assortative mating by education for immigrants. Construction of the availability ratio for potential spouses and group size are unique to this study, providing a more accurate measure of the marriage market by using data from several Censuses. Intermarriage is lower the greater the availability ratio and the larger the size of the group. Linguistic distance indirectly measures the effect of English language ability at arrival and is found to be a significant negative predictor of intermarriage. Those who report multiple ancestries and who were previously married are more likely to intermarry.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA discussion papers 3740en_US
dc.subject.jelJ12en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordImmigrantsen_US
dc.subject.keywordmarriageen_US
dc.subject.keywordethnicity/ancestryen_US
dc.subject.stwEheen_US
dc.subject.stwEthnische Beziehungenen_US
dc.subject.stwMigrantenen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsniveauen_US
dc.subject.stwEnglisch (Sprache)en_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleEthnic intermarriage among immigrants: human capital and assortative matingen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn581789075en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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