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Social and Economic Impacts of International Marriages in Europe

Ekaterina Ponomareva (), Shin-Yi Chou () and Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy ()
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Ekaterina Ponomareva: Axtria, Inc.
Shin-Yi Chou: Lehigh University
Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy: Lehigh University

Journal of Labor Research, 2018, vol. 39, issue 3, 259-276

Abstract: Abstract The effect of international marriage - a union between a country native and an immigrant - on social and family outcomes is endogenous due to the selection into marriage markets and non-random spousal choice. In this paper we use availability of cheap airline flights as region-specific instrumental variable that increased the probability of intermarriage in Europe. The two-stage least squares analysis applied to 1977–2006 IPUMS International Project Census micro data shows no significant difference in the family size or number of children between intermarried and same-nativity couples. However, it does reveal higher labor force participation rates and much lower marriage rates among mixed nationality couples.

Keywords: International marriage; European Union; Labor force participation; Cohabitation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J10 F22 F61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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