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New Evidence on the Causes of Educational Homogamy

  • Bruze, Gustaf

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    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

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    Educational homogamy is an important but poorly understood source of inequality. This paper analyzes a group of men and women who do not meet their spouses in school, are not sorted by education at work, and have no financial incentives to marry educated spouses. Nevertheless, movie actors show a strong tendency to sort positively on education in marriage. These findings suggest that male and female preferences alone induce considerable sorting on education in marriage and that men and women have very strong preferences for nonfinancial partner traits correlated with years of education

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    Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10-18.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: 01 Nov 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2010_018
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    1. Ran Abramitzky & Adeline Delavande & Luis Vasconcelos, 2011. "Marrying Up: The Role of Sex Ratio in Assortative Matching," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 3(3), pages 124-57, July.
    2. Raquel Ferndez & Nezih Guner & John Knowles, 2001. "Love and Money: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Household Sorting and Inequality," Penn CARESS Working Papers d3d043317c8e26c4039c21aa0, Penn Economics Department.
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