Two Decades of Educational Intermarriage in Israel

  • Haya Stier
  • Yossi Shavit
Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 12)


The propensity of people from various social groups to marry one another reflects cultural similarities or differences between groups and indexes the degree of integration among them. In addition patterns of mate selection can help predict changes in the social structure. For example increasing rates of ethnic intermarriage may indicate that ethnicity is losing its social significance and ethnic tensions are declining (e.g. Schmeltz et. al 1991). Increasing rates of educational homogamy may lead to greater educational inequality in the population because some children will benefit from having two educated parents while others will have none (Mare 1991). Thus, society’s patterns of assortative marriages mirror its past and its present, and shape its future.


Educational Attainment Marriage Market Mate Selection Educational Category Marriage Squeeze 
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  • Yossi Shavit

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