Presenter: Ognjen Obucina (Stockholm University)

When: Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 13h30-15h00

Where: Max Weber Common Room, Badia Fiesolana

Abstract: The goal of this paper is to analyze the impact of education on the patterns of union formation among children of immigrants in Sweden. The main contribution of this study to the literature on intermarriage is that it aims to analyze the union formation by simultaneously looking at the partner’s origin and living arrangement (marriage and cohabitation with common children). This study departs from the assumption that the mechanisms determining living arrangement will work simultaneously with those determining the origin of the partner. Based on the previous research, two principal hypotheses are proposed: 1) education will be most positively associated with marriage with a native, and 2) education will be least positively (most negatively) associated with cohabitation with a co-ethnic. Data are drawn from the Swedish register data (STAR collection, 1990-2012) and cover the total population residing in Sweden. The main analysis includes Swedish-born individuals with two foreign-born parents born in the same country. Individuals enter the study at the age of 18 and are followed until the union formation, emigration, death or until the year 2012, whichever event occurs first. Separate discrete-time multinomial logit analyses are performed for men and women.  Multivariate analysis lends support to both hypotheses. The analysis also indicates that the propensity for exogamy and cohabitation varies substantially across immigrant groups.