Who Marries Whom?

Educational Systems as Marriage Markets in Modern Societies

  • Hans-Peter Blossfeld
  • Andreas Timm

Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Andreas Timm
    Pages 19-35
  3. Martine Corijn
    Pages 37-55
  4. Dominique Goux, Eric Maurin
    Pages 57-78
  5. Nan Dirk De Graaf, Wilma Smeenk, Wout Ultee, Andreas Timm
    Pages 79-111
  6. Fabrizio Bernardi
    Pages 113-139
  7. María José González Lopez
    Pages 141-169
  8. Tak Wing Chan, Brendan Halpin
    Pages 171-194
  9. Andreas Timm, Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Teresa Lankuttis
    Pages 195-211
  10. Søren Leth-Sørensen
    Pages 213-234
  11. Ursula Henz, Jan O. Jonsson
    Pages 235-266
  12. ErzsÈbet Bukodi, PÈter RÓbert
    Pages 267-294
  13. Sonja Drobnič, Nevenka Černigoj Sadar
    Pages 295-314
  14. Haya Stier, Yossi Shavit
    Pages 315-330
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 343-343

About this book


Marriage and social inequality are closely interrelated. Marriage is dependent on the structure of marriage markets, and marriage patterns have consequences for social inequality. This book demonstrates that in most modern societies the educa­ tional system has become an increasingly important marriage market, particularly for those who are highly qualified. Educational expansion in general and the rising educational participation of women in particular unintentionally have increased the rate of "assortative meeting" and assortative mating across birth cohorts. Rising educational homogamy means that social inequality is further enhanced through marriage because better (and worse) educated single men and women pool their economic and sociocultural advantages (and disadvantages) within couples. In this book we study the changing role of the educational system as a marriage market in modern societies from a cross-national comparative perspective. Using life-history data from a broad range of industrialized countries and longitudinal statistical models, we analyze the process of spouse selection in the life courses of single men and women, step by step. The countries included in this book vary widely in important characteristics such as demographic behavior and institutional characteristics. The life course approach explicitly recognizes the dynamic nature of partner decisions, the importance of educational roles and institutional circum­ stances as young men and women move through their life paths, and the cumulation of advantages and disadvantages experienced by individuals.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Peter Blossfeld
    • 1
  • Andreas Timm
    • 2
  1. 1.Otto Friedrich University BambergGermany
  2. 2.Bremen UniversityGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1803-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1065-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1381-3579
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