Cultural Transmission, Marriage and the Evolution of Ethnic and Religious Traits

  title={Cultural Transmission, Marriage and the Evolution of Ethnic and Religious Traits},
  author={Alberto Bisin and Thierry Verdier},
This paper presents an economic analysis of the intergenerational transmission of ethnic and religious traits through family socialization and marital segregation decisions. Frequency of intragroup marriage (homogamy), as well as socialization rates of religious and ethnic groups, depend on the group's share of the population: minority groups search more intensely for homogamous mates, and spend more resources to socialize their offspring. This pattern generally induces a dynamics of the… 

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