Study: Wives surpass husbands when it comes to education
The end of the MRS degree?
In an article published last month, researchers found that the number of couples in which the woman has a higher level of education than her male counterpart is growing steadily. Researchers Albert Esteve, Joan Garcia-Roman and Inaki Permanyer led the study, titled "The Gender-Gap Reversal in Education and its Effect on Union Formation: The End of Hypergamy?". They collected data from 138 censuses in 56 countries from 1968 to 2009.
"Newly released census microdata reveal the nearly worldwide and substantial decline in educational hypergamy (women marrying men with higher educational attainment)…" the study's abstract reveals. It continues:
"Our results show that educational hypergamy is an enduring form of gender inequality in union formation across the countries examined but that it has been decreasing over the last few decades and in some countries has reversed in recent years."
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Basically, fewer women are marrying men who surpass them in terms of education -- and, presumably, how much they earn. In some countries, in fact, it's men who are marrying up.
The researchers found a steep increase in education levels among women in recent years. And that increase also shows that more women than ever are better educated than their husbands. Albert Esteve said of their findings:
"Given this historical inertia, one could consider that the increase in education amongst women would make forming unions more difficult and raise the number of single women. However, what we see is that the composition of couples adapts quite well to these structural changes and that if these changes take place, sooner or later they will have an effect on the marriage market."
Esteve explains that if the trends in education continue, "marrying up" will become completely antiquated. He continued:
"It will be interesting to observe whether this change develops into more equality between men and women in other aspects of their life."
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Do people still do the marriage thing? I did that once..no more. Also I am thoroughly convinced that women dont even 'like' us anyway. If you havent been watching tv or hear the news.. Most areout drinking and having sex with each other. Oh Im sorry, to turn the guys on? At any rate it makes no sense..all of it
My Wife makes more than I do, but she has gone to school and has degrees. I didn't have that chance when I was right out of high school. I go to school now, but I guess I married married up.
When it comes down to it who cares. When you get married you decide to share a life not throw it in the other face.
what is a "higher level of education"? It is not the same as making more oney.
If a woman who makes good, chooses a guy who earns less -- she is going to be in it for the sex, Idon't think she should marry the guy. Just go for the ride and make it last for as long as it s enjoyable and it feels like love, then when it sours end it and don't look back, unless the woman is one of those who thinks she can change him...she needs to be ready for another disappointment
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