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Implications of the shifting gender balance in education for family formation and family dissolution in Europe

A major development of the second half of the 20th century is the spectacular increase of participation in higher education by women. In Europe today, women excel men in terms of participation and success in higher education. Research on the social and demographic consequences of this major shift is rare. Therefore, this programme will address the consequences of changing gender patterns of education for reproductive behaviour, including partnership and family formation as well as divorce and separation. Mating patterns and reproduction are crucial for understanding the reproduction of social inequality. Homogamy by socio−economic status implies that social inequality is enhanced through partner selection because economic and cultural resources of two families are pooled.


Date:1 Oct 2011 →  30 Sep 2021
Keywords:Family formation, Family dissolution, Gender balance, Education, Reproductive behaviour
Disciplines:Sociology of life course, family and health not elsewhere classified, Applied sociology not elsewhere classified, Gender specific studies, Social theory and sociological methods not elsewhere classified