Working Papers, Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
New Evidence on the Causes of Educational Homogamy
Abstract: 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
Keywords: Educational Homogamy; Sorting; Inequality; Marriage; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I21; J12; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, November 1, 2010
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