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Sex and the Uni: Higher Education Effects in Job and Marital Satisfaction

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  • Alessandro Tampieri

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This paper examines how higher education affects job and marital satisfaction. We build up a model with assortative matching where individuals decide whether to attend university both for obtaining job satisfaction and for increasing the probability to be matched with an educated partner. The theoretical results suggest that, as assortative matching increases, the number of educated individuals increases, their job satisfaction falls while their marital satisfaction increases. We test our model using the British Household Panel Survey data for the years 2003-2006. Our empirical findings support the theoretical results.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Leicester in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 10/07.

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Date of creation: May 2010
Date of revision: Sep 2010
Handle: RePEc:lec:leecon:10/07
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