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Better Wed Over the Mixen Than Over The Moon? Break-ups of Inter-ethnic Marriages in Italy

Laura Bottazzi (), Paolo Manasse and Sarah Grace See

No 499, Carlo Alberto Notebooks from Collegio Carlo Alberto

Abstract: This paper studies the resilience of inter-ethnic marriages in Italy through the lenses of marriage duration by means of survival and treatment-effect analyses. Our main findings are that inter-ethnic marriages have a significantly higher risk of separation even when we control for social and economic characteristics of the spouses; however, when we restrict the analysis to more recent marriages, we observe that co- and inter-ethnic marriages converge in longevity. Finally, we find evidence of self-selection into inter-ethnic marriages. Overall our findings points to a society that is becoming increasingly open to cultural and ethnic diversity, as well as more secular.

Keywords: inter-ethnic marriage; divorce; separation; family economics. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: pages 31
Date: 2017
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