Sociological Forum

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 621–646

Gender Differentials in Intermarriage Among Sixteen Race and Ethnic Groups

  • Jerry A. Jacobs
  • Teresa G. Labov

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021029507937

Cite this article as:
Jacobs, J.A. & Labov, T.G. Sociological Forum (2002) 17: 621. doi:10.1023/A:1021029507937


This paper examines gender differences in out-marriage rates in the United States among 16 race and ethnic groups. Among most groups of Asian Americans, females are more likely to marry whites than are their male counterparts, the reverse of the pattern among African Americans discussed by Merton (1941). We find some Hispanic-American groups in both camps. We explore whether the greater contact between white U.S. military personnel in Asian countries explains the pattern of Asian white marriages. We also introduce a new statistical approach that facilitates comparisons across multiple race and ethnic groups. Data from the 1% sample of the 1990 Census are analyzed in this study.

intermarriage gender theory minority groups 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry A. Jacobs
    • 1
  • Teresa G. Labov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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