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Type Journal Article - Demography
Title Trends in educational assortative marriage from 1940 to 2003
Volume 42
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2005
Page numbers 621-646
URL http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1t89v0vz#page-6
This paper reports trends in educational assortative marriage from 1940 to 2003 in the U.S.
Analyses of Census and Current Population Survey data show that educational homogamy
increased over most of this period, although there is some evidence of stabilization in the 1990s.
From 1940 to the early-1970s, these increases were generated by decreasing intermarriage
among groups of relatively well educated persons. Beginning in the early-1970s, the odds of
intermarriage among the highly educated stabilized while the odds that high school dropouts marry
up dropped substantially. These trends are similar for a broad cross-section of married couples
and for newlyweds.

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