Afternoon Seminars@CMIST - Osea Giuntella - Intermarriage and the Unhealthy Assimilation of Immigrant Descendants
|Dates:||2 December 2014|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:15|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
In this Afternoon Seminars@CMIST event, Osea Giuntella from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College) will deliver a talk entitled 'Intermarriage and the Unhealthy Assimilation of Immigrant Descendants'.
This paper studies the effects of assimilation on the health of Hispanics in the US. I exploit a unique dataset of linked birth records and use ethnic intermarriage as a metric of acculturation.
Intermarried Hispanics have a significantly higher socio-economic status than endogamously married Hispanics. Despite their higher socio-economic status and the positive socio-economic gradient in health, third-generation children of second-generation intermarried Hispanic women are more likely to have poor health at birth, even after I account for second-generation health at birth, employ only within-family variations in the extent of assimilation, and consider the endogeneity of intermarriage.
These results do not appear to be driven by father's selectivity nor by individual unobservable characteristics associated with intermarriage. The children of intermarried natives do not receive the same/ health penalty, nor do Hispanics intermarried to other ethnic groups. The intermarriage/ health penalty largely respects the higher incidence of risky behaviours (eg smoking during pregnancy) among intermarried Hispanic women.
No registration required; all welcome.
Role: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Organisation: Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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