Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58785
Authors: 
Kawaguchi, Daiji
Lee, Soohyung
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6458
Abstract: 
Every year, a large number of women immigrate as brides from developing countries to developed countries in East Asia. This phenomenon virtually did not exist in the early 1990s, but foreign brides currently comprise 4 to 35 percent of newlyweds in these developed Asian countries. This paper argues that two factors account for this rapid increase in bride importation: the rapid growth of women's educational attainment and a cultural norm that leads to a low net surplus of marriage for educated women. We provide empirical evidence supporting our theoretical model and its implications, using datasets from Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Subjects: 
immigration
marriage
sex ratio imbalance
international marriages
cross-border marriages
assortative matching
JEL: 
A12
J12
J61
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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