What a difference a term makes: the effect of educational attainment on marital outcomes in the UK

Dan Anderberg (Lead / Corresponding author), Yu Zhu

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    In the past, students in England and Wales born within the first 5 months of the academic year could leave school one term earlier than those born later in the year. Focusing on women, those who were required to stay on an extra term more frequently hold some academic qualification. Using having been required to stay on as an exogenous factor affecting academic attainment, we find that holding a low-level academic qualification has no effect on the probability of being currently married for women aged 25 or above, but increases the probability of the husband holding some academic qualification and being economically active
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)387-419
    Number of pages33
    JournalJournal of Population Economics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014



    • Education
    • Marriage
    • Assortative mating

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