English title: Educational Homogamy Among Married and Unmarried Couples in Europe: Does Context Matter?

Author(s): D. Hamplová -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2009


In this article, educational homogamy among married and cohabiting couples in selected European countries is examined. Using data from two waves (2002 and 2004) of the European Social Survey, this article compares three cultural and institutional contexts that differ in terms of institutionalization of cohabitation. Evidence from log-linear models yields two main conclusions. First, as cohabitation becomes more common in society, marriage and cohabitation become more similar with respect to partner selection. Second, where married and unmarried unions differ in terms of educational homogamy, married couples have higher odds of overcoming educational barriers (i.e., intermarrying with other educational groups).

Volume: 30

Issue: 1

From page no: 28

To page no: 52

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0192513X08324576

Journal: Journal of family issues

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