Olga K. Nottmeyer

  • Current position:
    Research Associate and Managing Editor IZA World of Labor, IZA, Germany
  • Research interest:
    Labor economics, economics of migration
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  • Affiliations:
    IZA, Germany
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, Free University Berlin, 2011
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    IZA World of Labor is a very important initiative. Its unique design and highly accessible style supports informed decision making and will make a crucial contribution to all areas of policy-making benefiting societies all over the world
  • Selected publications:
    • “The economics of circular migration.” In: Constant, A. F., and K. F. Zimmermann (eds). International Handbook on the Economics of Migration. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar, 2013; Chapter 3, pp. 55–74 (with A. F. Constant and K. F. Zimmermann).
    • “Couple’s relative labor supply in intermarriage.” IZA Journal of Migration 3:3 (2014).
    • Does Intermarriage Pay Off? A Panel Data Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5104, 2010.
    • “Cultural integration in Germany.” In: Algan, Y., A. Bisin, A. Manning, and T. Verdier (eds). Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012; Chapter 3, 69–124 (with A. F. Constant and K. F. Zimmermann).
  • Articles

Intermarriage and the economic success of immigrants

Who is the driving factor—the native spouses or the immigrants themselves?

June 2015

10.15185/izawol.160 160

by Olga K. Nottmeyer Nottmeyer, O

Marriages between immigrants and natives (intermarriages) are often associated with economic success and interpreted as an indicator of social integration. Intermarried immigrant men are on average better educated and work in better paid jobs than nonintermarried immigrant men. In this context, native spouses could deliver valuable insights into the host country and provide business contacts. However, intermarriage may not be the driving factor of economic success but instead be its byproduct, as better education and personal characteristics could be both economically beneficial and increase the likelihood of meeting natives. Intermarriage might also be more “suspense-packed” (positively and negatively) and can thus be associated with an increase in severe stress and a higher risk of divorce.