What is it about?

About 30% of college attendees marry someone who attended the exact same university.

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Why is it important?

While we often think about universities as offering economic advantages through the job market, this research shows that they also provide opportunities via marital markets. People who attend university are already advantaged and partnering with a classmate only consolidates those advantages. In this way, universities play an important role in the social reproduction of inequality.


I hand coded the variable for "name of university" from decades of paper survey data collected by the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). in order to undertake this project.

Karly Ford
Pennsylvania State University

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This page is a summary of: Marrying Within the Alma Mater: Understanding the Role of Same-University Marriages in Educational Homogamy, Sociological Research Online, August 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1360780419867710.
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