Mihaela Hărăguş

Dynamics of Mixed Unions in Transylvania, Romania

Mihaela Hărăguş

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Volume: IX Issue: 2, Pages: 103-122
Mihaela Hărăguş
Babeş-Bolyai University, Centre for Population Studies,
68 Avram Iancu st., Cluj-Napoca, Romania,


In this work, mixed union formation and dissolution of Hungarian ethnics in Transylvania have been investigated, with the aim of finding which characteristics of individuals were connected with the tendency towards exogamy, and whether inter-ethnic unions are more fragile than endogamous ones. The analysis showed that the language of studies makes a clear difference between endogamous and exogamous union formation: persons that had studied at least one educational level in Romanian language had visible higher risks to form an inter-ethnic union, both marriage and cohabitation. In case of marriage dissolution, higher divorce risks for exogamous than for endogamous marriages have been found, and in case of formation of a second union, the results showed that persons who had a first exogamous union exhibit twice the risk of entering a second exogamous union compared with persons that had a first endogamous union.

Keywords: inter-ethnic marriage and cohabitation, Hungarian ethnics, Transylvania, language of education, event history analysis


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