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Do the formative aspects of education really matter for educational assortative mating? Cues from a natural experiment
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för social forskning (SOFI).ORCID-id: 0000-0002-0347-3802
(Engelska)Manuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Individuals tend to partner with people of a similar educational level as themselves. According to the matching hypothesis, exposure to education leads to similarity in taste and cultural cognitive schemas, causing educationally similar partners to form unions. In this study, I ask if such formative content of education matters for educational homogamy, net of other forces. Evaluating this claim is often difficult because educational level also beget human resources and because marriage markets are structured by educational level - aspects which also lead to educational homogamy. I approach this issue using a semi-experimental design that tentatively holds constant marriage markets and human capital related to education. Using a national reform, I compare the educational assortative mating of upper secondary vocational students who studied under a theoretical curriculum to that of vocational students not exposed to a theoretical curriculum. The reform provides variability in formative education. Yet, it induces no variation in competitive human capital and marriage markets, as students obtain comparable human capital within the same standard upper secondary track. Therefore, effects may be attributed to matching on formative content of the added theoretical curriculum. Before and after adjusting for selection, I find no effect of an added theoretical curriculum on partnering. The results are discussed in terms of the ambiguity of formative education as an explanation for educational assortative mating.

Nyckelord [en]
Partnering, Educational Homogamy, Sweden
Nationell ämneskategori
Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
Forskningsämne
sociologi
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164760OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164760DiVA, id: diva2:1280161
Tillgänglig från: 2019-01-18 Skapad: 2019-01-18 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-01-21Bibliografiskt granskad
Ingår i avhandling
1. Essays on Family Dynamics: Partnering, Fertility and Divorce in Sweden
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Essays on Family Dynamics: Partnering, Fertility and Divorce in Sweden
2019 (Engelska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Diversity in household and family structures poses interesting questions for scientific inquiry. What accounts for patterns of reproduction, partnering, household formation and household dissolution? This dissertation investigates facets of this question in the context of modern Sweden from a longitudinal and individual level perspective. It consists of three empirical studies using data from administrative registers and panel survey data. The first study begins with noting a rapid expansion in online education and analyzes whether this development leads to higher fertility in student populations. The second study asks whether individuals’ predispositions towards divorce change after exposure to the experience of parenthood, union formation and union dissolution. The third study builds on the literature on assortative mating and investigates what drives underlying preferences for this behavior. 

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Stockholm: Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, 2019
Serie
Swedish Institute for Social Research, ISSN 0283-8222 ; 102
Nyckelord
Fertility, Divorce attitudes, Sweden, Educational Homogamy, Life Course, Family Dynamics
Nationell ämneskategori
Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
Forskningsämne
sociologi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164767 (URN)978-91-7797-522-9 (ISBN)978-91-7797-523-6 (ISBN)
Disputation
2019-03-08, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens Hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (Engelska)
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Handledare
Anmärkning

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Manuscript.

Tillgänglig från: 2019-02-13 Skapad: 2019-01-18 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-02-06Bibliografiskt granskad

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