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The role of own-group density and local social norms for ethnic marital sorting: Evidence from the UK

Dan Anderberg and Alexander Vickery

European Economic Review, 2021, vol. 138, issue C

Abstract: We exploit the post-war immigration-induced regional variation in ethnic composition among British-born individuals to study inter-ethnic marriages in the UK. Black and Asian individuals are more likely to marry intra-ethnically in regions where the own ethnicity share is relatively large. In order to disentangle the relative roles played by supply effects, preferences and local social norms we estimate a structural marriage market model that allows for conformity behaviour. Using the estimated model, we make predictions for a set of more recent cohorts whose marital choices are still to be completed.

Keywords: Marriage; Ethnicity; Assortative matching; Conformity; Social norms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 J11 J12 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2021.103774

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