Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 1257–1279 | Cite as

Interethnic marriage: a choice between ethnic and educational similarities

Original Paper


This paper explores the role of assortative matching on education in explaining the relationship between schooling and ethnic endogamy. Using 2000 US Census data, we find that matching on education rather than ethnicity is more important for natives than for the foreign born and for the foreign born who arrived as young children rather than for those who arrived as teenagers. Education does not appear to influence the marriage decisions of Asians, but matching on education plays a larger role in the decisions of whites than those of Hispanics.


Ethnic intermarriage Education Immigration 

JEL Classification

I21 J12 J61 



The authors gratefully acknowledge suggestions provided by Yoo-Mi Chin, S. Djajic, Andrew Foster, Rachel Friedberg, Kaivan Munshi, Irina Paley, Shannon Seitz, Almudena Sevilla-Sanz, Stephen Trejo, Thorsten Vogel, Myeong-Su Yun, and conference participants at the 2008 Meetings of the Society of Labor Economists, the European Society of Population Economics, and the Population Association of America. We also thank two anonymous referees for very helpful comments. The usual caveat applies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.IZABonnGermany
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  4. 4.CReAMUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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