Monday, July 12, 2010

Intermarriage in Canada

These statistics were on the front page of the National Post, with no accompanying article, a few weeks ago when I was in Ottawa for a one-day conference on the Canada Student Loan Program.

The percentage of mixed couples for black Canadians is particularly notable and, I suspect, much much higher than the corresponding rate in the US. An interesting question is whether this results from differences in preferences between the two countries or from the fact that, both relatively and absolutely, blacks represent a much smaller fraction of the population in Canada, and so have a smaller within-group choice set. Of course, it could be some of both.

That's a free paper idea ...

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