Lecture_16___intermarriage - October 29, 2008 Mate...

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October 29, 2008 Mate Selection and Divorce
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Mate Selection: It’s not random Concepts: Homogamy (e.g., assortative mating) Hetereogamy – Hypergamy and Hypogamy Endogamy and exogamy Becker – Utility (satisfaction) increases with fair exchange (supports marriage and marital stability). Exchange theory (and its variants, like filter theory)
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Mate Selection Age Race Immigration Education Religion
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Age Overwhelming homogamy. Why?
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Age Overwhelming homogamy. Why? Normative constraints Examples? Preferences Examples?
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Age Female hypergamy: Men they marry are 2 years older on average. Why? Maturity Economics Remarriage – more hypergamy
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Race Racial and ethnic endogamy is the norm. Why? Trend: Increase until last decade (slide) Least common white-nonwhite marriage: Black- white, but Black/white interracial married couples have increased seven-fold since 1960, from 51,000 to 363,000 in 2000. As a percentage of all married couples, this type more than tripled during the period. Gender asymmetry in patterns
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Race Racial and ethnic endogamy is the norm. Why? Trend: Increase until last decade
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