Divorce among European and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S

  • Christina A. HouseworthEmail author
  • Barry R. ChiswickEmail author


This paper analyzes the status of being currently divorced among European and Mexican immigrants in the U.S., among themselves and in comparison to the native born of the same ancestries. The data are for males and females age 18 to 55, who married only once, in the 2010–2014 American Community Surveys. Among immigrants, better job opportunities, measured by educational attainment, English proficiency and a longer duration in the U.S. are associated with a higher probability of being divorced. Those who married prior to migration and who first married at an older age are less likely to be divorced. Those who live in states with a higher divorce rate are more likely to be divorced. Thus, currently being divorced among immigrants is more likely for those who are better positioned in the labor market, less closely connected to their ethnic origins, and among Mexican immigrants who live in an environment in which divorce is more prevalent.


Marriage Divorce Immigrants Gender Human Capital Demographics 

JEL codes

J12 J15 J16 J24 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsHobart & William Smith CollegesGenevaUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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