49 Int'l Migration Rev. 3 (2015)

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Is   there an Intermarriage Premium for

Male Immigrants? Exogamy and

Earnings in Sweden 1990-20091

Martin Dribe
Lund University

Paul Nystedt
Jon/Oping International Business School

    This paper analyzes the impact of intermarriage on the economic inte-
    gration of immigrants in Sweden, measured  by annual earnings. We
    use longitudinal register data for the period 1990-2009 for the total
    population of immigrant  men  born  1960-1974.  The  results reveal
    large intermarriage premiums, but overall this seems to be a result of
    selection effects as most of the premium is visible already at the time of
    marriage. For the most economically marginalized immigrants, how-
    ever, an intermarriage premium arises within marriage implying that
    forming a union with a native triggers a more rapid earnings growth
    among  them.


Intermarriage with the host country population has long been considered
vital to immigrant societal integration. A high proportion of interethnic
marriages are indicative of a society where cultural and socioeconomic
barriers have been overcome and immigrants have adopted the characteris-
tics of the majority population (Alba and Golden  1986; Lieberson and
Waters  1988; Pagnini and Morgan  1990; Alba and Nee  2003). However,

'This work has been done within the project Partner Choice and Career financed by the
Swedish Research council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). Previous ver-
sions of this article were presented at the Swedish Integration Conference, Lund 2009, the
Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University and at the Centre for Labor Market
Policy Research, Linnaeus University. We are grateful to participants for their comments
and suggestion.

c 2014 by the Center for Migration Studies of New York. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1111/imre.12081

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