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Religious Intermarriage: An Economic Perspective

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Author(s): Evelin L. Lehrer; Carmel Ullman Chiswick

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: Family; Demography; American Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper develops an economic framework for analyzing the relationship between religion and marriage. The economic and demographic implications of religious intermarriage are far-reaching: it is known to be associated with substantially higher rates of marital instability and with lower levels of fertility thereby also influencing female labor supply and investments in child quality.