Immigration and status exchange in Australia and the United States

Choi, Kate H., Tienda, Marta, Cobb-Clark, Debrah and Sinning, Mathias (2012) Immigration and status exchange in Australia and the United States. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30 1: 49-62. doi:10.1016/j.rssm.2011.08.002

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Author Choi, Kate H.
Tienda, Marta
Cobb-Clark, Debrah
Sinning, Mathias
Title Immigration and status exchange in Australia and the United States
Journal name Research in Social Stratification and Mobility   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0276-5624
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rssm.2011.08.002
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 62
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher J A I Press Inc.
Language eng
Subject 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Abstract This paper evaluates the status exchange hypothesis for Australia and the United States, two Anglophone nations with long immigration traditions whose admission regimes place different emphases on skills. Using log-linear methods, we demonstrate that foreign-born spouses trade educational credentials via marriage with natives in both Australian and U.S. marriage markets and, moreover, that nativity is a more salient marriage barrier for men than for women. With some exceptions, immigrant spouses in mixed nativity couples are better educated than native spouses in same nativity couples, but status exchange is more prevalent among the less-educated spouses in both countries. Support for the status exchange hypothesis is somewhat weaker in Australia partly because of lower average levels of education compared with the United States and partly because of the less sharply defined educational hierarchy at the postsecondary level.
Keyword Educational assortative mating
Status exchange
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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