Trends in assortative mating and offspring outcomes

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Bratsberg, Bernt, Simen Markussen, Oddbjørn Raaum, Knut Røed, Ole Røgeberg,




Economic Journal

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We study assortative mating of Norwegian parents over five decades and its consequences for offspring outcomes. Parents are characterized by the earnings decile of their parents (the offspring's grandparents) as an indicator of social class. While assortative mating has remained stable across decades, parenthood has become more skewed toward the higher classes. Examining the influence on offspring education and employment, we find that the marginal effect of one parent's class is smaller the higher is the class of the other. Overall, mating trends have contributed to slight improvements in average education and employment and reduced inequality in the offspring generation.


assortative mating, homogamy, intergenerational mobility, inequality


J12; J24; J62; D63

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