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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
Presented: Philadelphia, PA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, March-April 2005
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Cohabitation; Marriage; Modeling

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I use log-linear models and data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) and the 1987-88 and 1992-94 waves of the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) to compare the odds of educational homogamy in cohabitation and marriage. Preliminary results using NLSY79 data show that differences in the educational resemblance of married and cohabiting couples vary depending on the sample used and the point at which assortative mating patterns are measured. Cohabitors 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, 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 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." Presented: Philadelphia, PA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, March-April 2005.