The Measure of Exogamous Marriage through Disagreement Scaling

  •  Chua Ming    
  •  Ahmad Razali    


In this paper we used the weighted kappa through disagreement scaling proposed by Cohen (1968) to measure the exogamous marriage. It is the interest of sociologist to investigate the trend of exogamous or mixed marriage between different ethnic groups, as the upward trend of mixed marriage can be view as degree of assimilation of particular ethnic groups. We are able to measure the strength of exogamous marriage directly. We found that the upward trend of mixed marriage among Americans of different ethnicity tend to increase from 1980 to 2000. We also used the estimated large sample variance of weighted kappa given by Fleiss et al. (1969) to build the Wald confidence interval and hence testing the null hypothesis of nonexistence of exogamous marriage.

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