Is Higher Education a Disadvantage for Women in the Marriage Market? Open Access

Kong, Jing (2016)

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Using data from Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA), in this paper, I use linear ordinary least squares model to evaluate the relationship between women's education and their marital status. The study finds evidence that women with higher degrees are less likely to get married, and will get married at later age. In addition, women with higher education are more likely to have a spouse with a bachelor degree or above. Moreover, compared to women who study "Science, Math and Technology", women who study "Art and Humanities" are less likely to get married.

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Introduction 1

Literature Review 4

Data and Empirical Strategy 7

Results 9

Discussion 13

Limitations 16

References 17

List of Figures 18

1. Education and Marriage Shift Pattern graph 18

2. Median Age at First Marriage graph 19

3. Sample Data Chart 20

4. Summary Statistics Table 21

5. Regression on Marriage Status 22

6. Regression on Age of Marriage 23

7. Regression on Ever had Child 24

8. Regression on Number of Children 25

9. Regression on Spouse has bachelor degree or above 26

10. Regression on Spouse is PhD 27

11. Regression on Spouse is employed 28

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