A Bride Deficit and Marriage Migration in South Korea

Posted: 23 Jul 2016 Last revised: 1 Mar 2018

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Seo-Young Cho

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics

Date Written: February 28, 2018


This article empirically investigates whether cultural, genetic, and linguistic similarities between countries explain marriage migration. The empirical evidence supported by marriage migration data from South Korea shows that the bilateral similarities between Korea and spouse-sending countries are important pull factors of marriage migration. Furthermore, the pull effects vary across different income levels of sending countries and between the genders of marriage migrants. The positive effects of cultural and genetic similarities are mainly driven by female marriage migrants from middle- and low-income countries in Asia. A female deficit in the marital age group in South Korea may contribute to pulling this type of migration into the country.

Keywords: Marriage Migration, Similarities, Sorting Traits, Demographic Changes

JEL Classification: F2, J1, O5

Suggested Citation

Cho, Seo-Young, A Bride Deficit and Marriage Migration in South Korea (February 28, 2018). International Migration, Forthcoming, DOI: 10.1111/imig.12432/full, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2813191

Seo-Young Cho (Contact Author)

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