Compensating Differentials and Intermarriage

By Shoshana Amyra Grossbard

Westview Press, 1993


This chapter applies the theory of compensating differentials in marriage, to the case of marriage between members of two groups. The degree of homogamy--i.e. assortative mating--in one area, such as religion, is related to the similarity of husband's and wife's characteristics in other areas, such as education, age, and divorced status. Despite some similarities, this theory differs from the theory of compensatory reciprocal exchange developed by sociologists. Analysis within a comprehensive economic theory of marriage leads to some insights that do not follow from the earlier sociological literature. This theory also differs from other economic theories of religious intermarriage, which have been based on the premise that religious homogamy is always a positive marital trait.


Topic: Methodology, Jewish-Christian Relations, Intermarriage, Economy, Marriage, Demography, Scholarship, Religion, Assimilation, Academic Research

Name of Publication: On the Economics of Marriage - A Theory of Marriage, Labor and Divorce

Page Number(s): 142-160

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Grossbard, Shoshana Amyra. Compensating Differentials and Intermarriage. On the Economics of Marriage - A Theory of Marriage, Labor and Divorce. Westview Press. 1993: 142-160.


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