Title

Marriage Timing and Educational Assortative Mating

Keywords

education, marriage, assortative mating

Abstract

Educational homogamy is common, but the association between marriage timing and educational assortative mating is not well understood. Following never-married men and women over time with NLSY79 panel data, we explore the relationship between marriage timing and educational assortative mating by educational attainment and gender. Our results show that educational homogamy occurs at younger ages for the less-educated and at later ages for the highly-educated. Thus, marriage market entry or age at school completion affects marriage timing. More years out of school, however, effects educational assortative mating-less-educated men and women become less likely to marry; highly-educated men are more likely to marry heterogamously; and highly-educated women are increasingly likely to remain unmarried.

Original Publication Citation

Shafer, K. & Qian, Z. (2010). “Marriage Timing and Educational Assortative Mating.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 41(5): 661-691.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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