Educational sorting in mixed marriages in Switzerland
|Title||Educational sorting in mixed marriages in Switzerland|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Potarca, G, Bernardi, L|
|Journal||Swiss Journal of Sociology|
|Keywords||educational hypogamy, intermarriage, status-caste exchange|
According to status-caste exchange theory, intermarriages involve transactions in which higher educated immigrants trade status for the ethnic advantage of the less-educated native partners. Looking at 2 836 currently married Swiss immigrants, we find that the highly skilled “exchange” their status only when pairing with a medium-educated native. Results also show that younger cohorts of immigrants are more likely to choose hypogamy when marrying a same-origin immigrant than when partnering a native.