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Field-of-Study Homogamy

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  • Alena Bicakova
  • Stepan Jurajda

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This paper reports evidence on the strong tendency of the college educated to match with partners who graduated in the same field of study-a dimension of assortative matching that has been overlooked thus far. We employ Labor Force Survey data covering most EU countries to measure the extent of field-of-study homogamy in prevailing married and cohabiting couples within several years of college graduation. We find that field-of-study homogamy increases almost immediately after graduation to reach very high levels, especially for spouses working in the same industry, and that it varies dramatically across countries. Graduates in Social Sciences display a particularly strong tendency towards homogamy and also have the highest matching theory-implied match gains from homogamous matches.

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  • Alena Bicakova & Stepan Jurajda, 2016. "Field-of-Study Homogamy," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp561, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Prague.
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    field-of-study homogamy; college graduates; marriage and cohabitation;
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    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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