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Title: Anthropometry of love: Height and gender asymmetries in interethnic marriages
Authors: Belot, M
Fidrmuc, J
Keywords: Intermarriage;Gender;Height
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc.
Citation: Economics and Human Biology, 8(3), 361 - 372, 2010
Abstract: Both in the UK and in the US, we observe puzzling gender asymmetries in the propensity to outmarry: Black men are more likely to have white spouses than Black women, but the opposite is true for Chinese: Chinese men are half less likely to be married to a White person than Chinese women. We argue that differences in height distributions, combined with a simple preference for the husband to be taller than the wife, can help explain these ethnic-specific gender asymmetries. Blacks are taller than Asians, and we argue that this significantly affects their marriage prospects with whites. We provide empirical support for this hypothesis using data from the Millennium Cohort Study. Specifically, we find that ethnic differences in propensity to intermarry with Whites shrink when we control for the proportion of suitable partners with respect to height. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Description: This is the post-print version of the final paper published in Economics and Human Biology. The published article is available from the link below. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Copyright @ 2010 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 1570-677X
Appears in Collections:Economics and Finance
Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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