When social norms and women’s opportunities interact: Effects on women’s marriage prospects by education
Marriage rates of skilled and unskilled women have evolved quite differently across countries since 1995. The rate is leaner overall for skilled women however the gap is narrowing, and even reversing, in a few countries. This column uses evidence from 23 countries between 1995 and 2010 to consider how skilled women’s labour market opportunities impact their marriage prospects in various societies. Generally, more conservative societies have lower marriage rates for skilled women in accordance with unskilled women, with the consequences of a rise in skilled women’s wages with respect to the amount of conservatism.