Volume 8 - Article 1 | Pages 1-30

Who marries whom? Educational homogamy in Norway

By Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, Johan Heldal

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Date received:19 Jun 2001
Date published:09 Jan 2003
Word count:5634
Keywords:assortative mating, cohort analysis, homogamy, marriage
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2003.8.1
 

Abstract

A number of previous studies have documented a fairly high level of marital homogamy in Norway. Most of these studies, however, have been local and ethnographic, or based on national data measuring homogamy within a limited time period.
This study is based on a sample of 129 651 individuals from the 1980 Census. From this data bank, a sample of couples is constructed. Patterns of educational homogamy across five ten-year cohorts, born between 1900 and 1949, are compared. The results show a decline in educational homogamy across these cohorts, both in absolute terms and when controlling for the general increase in educational level during the period.

Author's Affiliation

Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund - University of Oslo, Norway [Email]
Johan Heldal - Statistics Norway, Norway [Email]

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