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Educational Sorting in Mixed Marriages in Switzerland

Gina Potarca / Laura Bernardi
Published Online: 2017-12-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjs-2017-0026


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.

Keywords: intermarriage; status-caste exchange; educational hypogamy

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Published Online: 2017-12-19

Published in Print: 2017-11-01

Citation Information: Swiss Journal of Sociology, Volume 43, Issue 3, Pages 515–542, ISSN (Online) 2297-8348, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjs-2017-0026.

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