IET Open Seminar: "Educational assortative mating and divorce"

05/10/2021 - 15:00 - 17:00

IET Open Seminar 10.05

IET Open Seminar 10.05


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In the next open seminar of TLU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life-course Studies, Dr Gwendolin Blossfeld  from University of Bamberg will talk about educational assortative mating and divorce.


Only few studies that have estimated the net association of divorce rates with the education of both spouses and their results show contradictory effects of education on divorce. We believe that these contradictory effects of education on divorce shown in these studies might be the result of an
analysis design that studies divorce risks based on the educational level of spouses without considering educational matches within particular marriages. Based on a new theoretical model, we investigate the impact of educational assortative mating on divorce. In this paper, we utilize life
course data from the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) and apply methods of event history analysis. Our results show that there are not only benefits from division of work but also benefits from communication within married couples. The empirical results also show that the combined gains and losses of division of work and communication are different for educationally married up, homogamous or down women.


Gwendolin Blossfeld is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the DFG Priority Programme 1646 “Education as a Lifelong Process. Analyzing Data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)”

Location: Zoom (link will be sent to people who have registered)


The series of open seminars is organized by the TLU Center of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life Studies (IET), funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund (ASTRA project "TLU TEE Tallinn University as a promoter of intelligent lifestyle"). In 2021, the seminars are co-organised by the consortium of YouthLife Project.

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