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Table 2 Selected characteristics of women

From: Relative labor supply in intermarriage

  Immigrant Native
Selected characteristics Intermarriage Immigrant marriage Intermarriage Native marriage
Number of Obs.1 3,976 (18.2%) 17,833 (81.8%)
Working hours per weekday:
0 34.3% 44.7% 29.8% 27.3%
8-10 28.6% 25.3% 34.5% 32.5%
11-12 4.1% 1.7% 4.8% 5.3%
Marriage Pattern 870 3,106 893 16,490
  (21.9%) (78.1%) (5.0%) (95.0%)
Labor hours 4.5 3.7 5.2 5.2
Partner’s labor hours 8.7 8.1 8.6 8.9
Household hours 4.0 4.9 4.0 4.0
Partner’s household hours 1.4 1.2 1.4 1.4
Years of education 12.3 10.2 12.2 12.3
Age at marriage 27.9 22.4 27.8 25.9
Duration of marriage 13.6 18.0 13.3 17.4
Years since immigration 21.9 17.9 / /
Age at immigration 20.2 22.4 / /
Language2 (German): 1.5 2.3 / /
Speaking
Writing 1.9 2.8 / /
Identity3:     
with Germany 2.7 3.1 / /
with Home Country 2.5 2.5 / /
Big Five4:     
Openness positive***    
Emotional stability     
Extraversion positive***    
Agreeableness negative***    
Conscientiousness     
Risk proclivity5: 4.1 3.0 4.1 4.2
Origin of best friend:     
East or West Germany 701% 32.4% 91.3% 98.9%
Other country 29.9% 67.6% 8.7% 1.1%
Distribution of income:     
Each manages money separately 17.6% 4.1% 20.5% 16.0%
I manage, partner receives portion 3.9% 9.2% 6.8% 6.1%
Partner manages, I receive portion 7.9% 11.7% 5.5% 4.1%
All money shared 62.5% 72.0% 59.2% 64.2%
Part shared, part kept separate 8.2% 3.0% 8.1% 9.6%
Final say in financial decisions:     
Myself 6.0% 6.7% 9.3% 5.5%
Partner 11.5% 16.7% 9.3% 6.9%
Both 82.5% 76.6% 81.3% 87.7%
  1. Source: German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), unbalanced panel, years 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005.
  2. 1Those numbers refer to observations not to individuals, unweighted sample, years 1995 to 2005.
  3. 2Self-reported value measured on a scale from 1 (= very good) to 5 (= very poor).
  4. 3Self-reported value measured on a scale from 1 (= strong) to 5 (= poor).
  5. 4Values are conducted from a factor analysis; positive/negative***: significant differences between those intermarried and those who are not.
  6. 5Self-reported value measured on a scale from 1 (= highly risk averse) to 10 (= highly risk loving).