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Marital Age Heterogamy and Homogamy, 1900 to 1980

Maxine P. Atkinson and Becky L. Glass
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Aug., 1985), pp. 685-691
DOI: 10.2307/352269
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352269
Page Count: 7
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Marital Age Heterogamy and Homogamy, 1900 to 1980
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Abstract

Using census data from 1900, 1960, and 1980, this paper investigates age differences between spouses over time. We find that a shift has occurred from marriages being characterized by age heterogamy in 1900 to age homogamy in 1960 and 1980. Using discriminant analysis to identify variables that distinguish between age-homogamous and age-heterogamous marriages in each time period, we find that husband-younger and/or husband-older marriages tend to be characterized by lower socioeconomic attributes compared with same-age marriages.

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