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No 03-27:
Marriage Migration: Just another case of positive assortative matching?

Aycan Celikaksoy (), Helena Skyt Nielsen () and Mette Verner ()

Abstract: It is a stylized fact that marriage formation generally involves positive assortative matching

(PAM) on education. We test whether this is also the case for immigrants who tend to import

their spouses and potentially use education as an exchange mechanism. We find that only

women match positively on education. For Turks the results robustly confirm PAM, whereas

for Pakistanis there is no evidence of PAM. For men there is local support to the exchange

hypothesis, since cultural assimilation or conflicts with parents, through less spouse import,

increase the likelihood of marrying a highly educated spouse.

Keywords: assortative matching; homogamy; exchange; marriage migration; spouse import; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J12; J15; (follow links to similar papers)

30 pages, May 26, 2003

Published in Review of Economics of the Household, 4, pp271-293, 2006

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