"Beyond the melting pot": Cultural transmission, marriage, and the evolution of ethnic and religious traits

Alberto Bisin, Thierry Verdier

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an economic analysis of the intergenerational transmission of ethnic and religious traits through family socialization and marital segregation decisions. Frequency of intragroup marriage (homogamy), as well as socialization rates of religious and ethnic groups, depend on the group's share of the population: minority groups search more intensely for homogamous mates, and spend more resources to socialize their offspring. This pattern generally induces a dynamics of the distribution of ethnic and religious traits which converges to a culturally heterogeneous stationary population. Existing empirical evidence bearing directly and indirectly on the implications of the model is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)955-988
    Number of pages34
    JournalQuarterly Journal of Economics
    Volume115
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 2000

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics

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