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Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn, and Yu Xie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226798660

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226798684.001.0001

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Educational Influences

Educational Influences

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(p.265) CHAPTER TEN Educational Influences
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Marriage and Cohabitation
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Arland Thornton

William G. Axinn

Yu Xie

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226798684.003.0010

Because marriage in Western societies historically meant the establishment of independent households and economic units, couples who wanted to marry required the earning capacity to maintain considerable residential and economic independence from their parents. This chapter explores the independent effects of school enrollment and educational attainment on the rate of entering marriage and premarital cohabitation. It also examines the differences between the effects of full-time and part-time enrollment, and the potential dissipation of these effects as young people age. The chapter then assesses the effect of early variations in individuals' aspirations, ability, and enjoyment of school experiences, and, finally, discusses the extent to which experiences with school enrollment and attainment explain the effects of early variations in aspirations, ability, and enjoyment of school. Together, the results provide an extensive documentation of the influence of education on marriage and cohabiting behavior.

Keywords:   marriage, cohabitation, education, school enrollment, educational attainment, young people, aspirations, ability, enjoyment

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