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Title: Educational Homogamy in Marital and Cohabiting Unions: A Test of the Double Selection Hypothesis
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1. Schwartz, Christine R.
Educational Homogamy in Marital and Cohabiting Unions: A Test of the Double Selection Hypothesis
Working Paper, Department of Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles, August 2004.
Also: http://www.iuperj.br/rc28/papers/schwartz_rc282004_final.pdf
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Keyword(s): Cohabitation; Education; Marriage

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This study uses log-linear models and data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) to compare the odds of educational homogamy in marriage and cohabitation. I find that differences in the educational resemblance of married and cohabiting couples vary considerably depending on the sample used and the point at which assortative mating patterns are measured. Cohabiting couples are much less likely to be educationally homogamous than married couples using a sample of prevailing unions. Restricting the sample to newly formed unions, however, largely eliminates this difference. Nevertheless, I find support for the hypothesis that couples who enter marriage via cohabitation are 'doubly selected' and are more homogamous than cohabiting couples who split up. I find no difference in the educational resemblance of couples whose marriages are preceded by cohabitation and those marry without first cohabiting.
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Schwartz, Christine R. "Educational Homogamy in Marital and Cohabiting Unions: A Test of the Double Selection Hypothesis." Working Paper, Department of Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles, August 2004.