Marriage, fertility, and the cultural integration of immigrants in italy

Marriage, fertility, and the cultural integration of immigrants in Italy

As migration to Western countries has steadily increased, conversations addressing the problem have stalled somewhere within vaguely well-meaning integration objectives and restrictive closed-borders policies. This column moves the conversation forward by examining specific migrant communities in Italy. Using the language spoken in the home as a proxy for cultural-ethnic transmission, it finds that higher rates of marriage between immigrants and the native population encourage an increased acceptance of minority cultures, which allows immigrants to raised maintain their distinctive cultural traits.


Marriage prospects of skilled and unskilled women new evidence

When social norms and women’s opportunities interact: Effects on women’s marriage prospects by education

Marriage rates of skilled and unskilled women have evolved quite differently across countries since 1995. The rate is leaner overall for skilled women however the gap is narrowing, and even reversing, in a few countries. This column uses evidence from 23 countries between 1995 and 2010 to consider how skilled women’s labour market opportunities impact their marriage prospects in various societies. Generally, more conservative societies have lower marriage rates for skilled women in accordance with unskilled women, with the consequences of a rise in skilled women’s wages with respect to the amount of conservatism.


Marriage equality and tolerance towards lgbt

OK to be gay: Marriage equality and tolerance towards LGBT

Can the introduction of new legislation influence how citizens consider key social issues? This column uses the gradual rollout of same-sex relationship recognition policies throughout Europe to show how laws can shape attitudes towards sexual minorities. As marriage equality and other policies expand across the world we can be prepared to see continued improvements in attitudes towards sexual minorities in the countries involved but, conversely, anti-LGBT legislation could erode such acceptance.