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Black-White Marital Matching: Race, Anthropometrics, and Socioeconomics

Chiappori, P-A, Oreffice, Sonia and Quintana-Domeque, C (2016) Black-White Marital Matching: Race, Anthropometrics, and Socioeconomics Journal of Demographic Economics, 82 (4). pp. 399-421.

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We analyze the interaction of black-white race with physical and socioeconomic characteristics in the US marriage market, using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. We estimate who inter-racially marries whom along anthropometric and socioeconomic characteristics dimensions. The black women who inter-marry are the thinner and more educated in their group; instead, white women are the fatter and less educated; black or white men who inter-marry are poorer and thinner. While women in ìmixedî couples Önd a spouse who is poorer but thinner than if they intra-married, black men match with a white woman who is more educated than if they intra-married, and a white man Önds a thinner spouse in a black woman. Our general Öndings are consistent with the ìsocial status exchangeîhypothesis, but the Önding that black men who marry white women tend to be poorer than black men who marry black women is not.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Economics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
Chiappori, P-A
Quintana-Domeque, C
Date : 14 November 2016
DOI : 10.1017/dem.2016.20
Copyright Disclaimer : COPYRIGHT: © Université catholique de Louvain 2016. This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Demographic Economics. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press
Uncontrolled Keywords : : interracial couples, marriage market, BMI, wages, education, ìsocial status exchangeî hypothesis.
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Date Deposited : 25 Oct 2016 12:56
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:09

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