Demographic behaviour of adults of mixed ethnic ancestry: Jews in Israel

Barbara S. Okun, Orna Khait-Marelly

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We examine demographic behaviour of Jewish adults of mixed ethnic ancestry, relative to those of the two major Jewish ethnic groups in Israel. Research has shown that for measures of socioeconomic status, such as educational attainment, outcomes for multi-ethnics are in between - and very close to the middle of - those associated with the two major ethnic groups. We find that, in contrast, the marriage and fertility behaviour of multi-ethnic adults is nearly identical to that of the more socially advantaged ethnic group and quite distinct from that of the less advantaged ethnic group. Through multivariate analyses, we explore factors associated with families of origin, including socioeconomic status and cultural indicators of family norms, which are associated with these patterns. We discuss interpretations of our findings.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1357-1380
Number of pages24
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported here was made possible in part by a grant from the Spencer Foundation. Funding was also provided by the Shaine Center for Research in Social Sciences and the Harvey L. Silbert Center for Israel Studies, both of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The authors thank Yinon Cohen, Dov Friedlander, Judah Matras and Guy Stecklov for comments on an earlier version of the paper, and Aziza Khazzoom for helpful discussions relating to the research. The data presented, the statements made and the views expressed are solely the responsibility of the authors.


  • Education
  • Ethnicity
  • Fertility
  • Intermarriage
  • Israel
  • Marriage

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