Marriage, Education, and Assortative Mating in Latin America

Citation:

Hausmann, R., Ganguli, I. & Viarengo, M., 2014. Marriage, Education, and Assortative Mating in Latin America. Applied Economic Letters , 21 (12) , pp. 806-811. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/t5fosw9

Abstract:

In this article, we establish facts related to marriage and education in Latin American countries. Using census data from IPUMS International, we show how marriage and assortative mating patterns have changed from 1980 to 2000 and how the patterns in Latin America compare to the United States. We find that in Latin American countries, highly educated individuals are less likely to be married than the less educated, and the pattern is stronger for women. We also show that while it has been increasing over time, there is less positive assortative mating in Latin America than in the United States.

Publisher's Version

CID Faculty Working Paper Series: 197
Keywords: marriage, family structure, education
JEL Classification: J12, I2, O12