Do Opposites Attract? Educational Assortative Mating and Dynamics of Wage Homogamy in Switzerland, 1992–2014

Laura Ravazzini 1 , Ursina Kuhn 2 , and Christian Suter 3
  • 1 University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Sociology and Foundation for the Research in Social Sciences (FORS), CH-2000, Neuchâtel
  • 2 Foundation for the Research in Social Sciences (FORS), , CH-1015, Lausanne
  • 3 University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Sociology, CH-2000, Neuchâtel


This paper addresses homogamy and assortative mating in Switzerland. The empirical analysis monitors trends for education and hourly wages using the Swiss Labour Force Survey and the Swiss Household Panel. The analysis disentangles the effects of educational expansion from mating patterns and incorporates not only couples, but also singles. Results show an increasing level of assortative mating both for education and for wages. For wage homogamy, selection is more important than adaptation.

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