Marital Matching Among Immigrants: A Multidimensional Approach

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Claudia Smith Kelly
Sonia Dalmia


Marital assignments, immigrants, market efficiency


This paper utilizes Becker’s theory of efficient marriage markets to investigate the patterns of marital matching in marriages between two immigrants and between an immigrant and a U.S. native-born. It employs the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series of the 2000 Census and finds support for positive assortative mating on age and education and negative assortment along income and/or hours worked. The results from estimated match matrices employing multiple individual traits reveal that while native-born men are more likely to marry immigrant women with similar traits, native-born women are least likely to marry immigrant men with similar traits when compared to the immigrant-immigrant matches. 


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