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Do private school girls marry rich?

Green, F; Henseke, G; Parsons, S; Sullivan, A; Wiggins, R; (2018) Do private school girls marry rich? Longitudinal and Life Course Studies , 9 (3) pp. 327-350. 10.14301/llcs.v9i3.496. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper considers for the first time whether there is school-type homogamy, and whether for women there are significant advantages from private schooling as a consequence of school-type homogamy. Its focus is Britain, where a private education is associated with substantial labour market advantages and where access is socially exclusive. We find that privately educated women are 7 percentage points more likely than observably similar state-educated women to marry privately educated men. Privately educated married women have husbands who earn 15% higher pay, according to the BHPS-UKHLS panel (20% at age 42, according to the British Cohort Study). Causation is not established and considerable caution would be needed if interpreting these associations as reflecting causal effects from private schools. The findings nevertheless raise anew the issue of the negative association between Britain’s private schooling and social mobility.

Type: Article
Title: Do private school girls marry rich?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14301/llcs.v9i3.496
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.14301/llcs.v9i3.496
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: private school, pay, social mobility, homogamy, marriage
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10047396
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