,Religious Intermarriage: An Economic Perspective

Religious Intermarriage: An Economic Perspective


Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher: Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

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

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

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.