The Effect of Education on Marital Status and Partner Characteristics: Evidence from the UK

Dan Anderberg1, Yu Zhu 1
1Royal Holloway University of London, UK, 2University of Kent, UK

This paper uses a particular school exit rule previously in effect in England and Wales that allowed students born within the first five months of the academic year to leave school one term earlier than those born later in the year. We show those who were forced to stay on more frequently hold some academic qualification. Turning to marital outcomes we then show that those forced to stay on are neither more nor less likely to be married, but women obtained better marital outcomes in that they are more frequently married to males who hold some academic qualification and who are economically active.

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