Educational sorting in mixed marriages in Switzerland

TitleEducational sorting in mixed marriages in Switzerland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsPotârcă, G, Bernardi, L
JournalSwiss Journal of Sociology
Volume43
Number3
ISSN2297-8348
Keywordseducational hypogamy, intermarriage, status-caste exchange
Abstract

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.

URLhttp://www.degruyter.com/view/j/sjs.2017.43.issue-3/sjs-2017-0026/sjs-2017-0026.xml
DOI10.1515/sjs-2017-0026