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Educational Homogamy: Preferences or Opportunities?

  • Michael Svarer
  • Helena Skyt Nielsen

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    (School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

Individuals match on length and type of education. We investigate whether the systematic relationship between educations of partners is explained by opportuni- ties (e.g. low search frictions) or preferences (e.g. complementarities in household production or portfolio optimization). We find that half of the systematic sorting on education is due to low search frictions in marriage markets of the educational institutions. The other half is attributed to complementarities in household pro- duction, since income properties of the joint income process show no influence on partner selection.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2006-10.

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Date of creation: 16 Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2006-10
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