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Associate Chair, Department of Sociology
4458 Sewell Social Sciences
Office Hours: R 9:15-11 (Spr'14)
Schwartz, Christine R. and Hongyun Han. Forthcoming. "The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution."American Sociological Review.
Schwartz, Christine R. 2013. "Trends and Variation in Assortative Mating: Causes and Consequences." Annual Review of Sociology 39:23.1-23.20.
Schwartz, Christine R. and Robert D. Mare. 2012. "The Proximate Determinants of Educational Homogamy: The Effects of First Marriage, Marital Dissolution, Remarriage, and Educational Upgrading." Demography 49:629-650.
Graf, Nikki L. and Christine R. Schwartz. 2011. "The Uneven Pace of Change in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships: A Comment on England." Gender & Society 25:101-107.
Schwartz, Christine R. 2010. "Earnings Inequality and the Changing Association Between Spouses' Earnings." American Journal of Sociology 115:1524-57.
Schwartz, Christine R. 2010. "Pathways to Educational Homogamy in Marital and Cohabiting Unions." Demography 47:735-753.
Schwartz, Christine R. and Nikki L. Graf. 2009. "Assortative Matching Among Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples in the United States, 1990-2000." Demographic Research 21:843-878.
Schwartz, Christine R. and Robert D. Mare. 2005. "Trends in Educational Assortative Marriage From 1940 to 2003." Demography 42:621-646.
Research Interest Statement:
Schwartz’s research focuses on the relationship between union formation and dissolution patterns and social inequality. Schwartz’s work documents a marked increase in the association between spouses’ educational attainments in the United States over the past half century. These shifts have the potential to increase socioeconomic inequality if increased matching on education is associated with an increasing tendency for marriages to consist of two high- or two low-earning partners. Indeed, in another paper, Schwartz finds that the association between spouses’ earnings has increased substantially and estimates that these changes account for 25 to 30% of increased earnings inequality among married couples between 1967 and 2003.