Report: How Does Higher Education Affect Women's Marriage Prospects?

December 6, 2016
By Ma XuelingEditor: Penny Huang
Report: How Does Higher Education Affect Women's Marriage Prospects?

Green Book of Population and Labor: Reports on China's Population and Labor (No.17) [chinanews.com]

 

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences published "Green Book of Population and Labor: Reports on China's Population and Labor (No.17)" in Beijing on November 30.

Among its findings, the report looked at the marriage trends among men and women who are studying in higher education, including master's students and graduates.

With the recent transformation of the educational structure in China, men are nowadays choosing wives who are more educated than them compared to the past. However, the figures for females choosing husbands of a different age and education level, has changed only slightly, according to the report.

The last chapter of the study focuses on master's students in the "leftover women" group, which in China generally refers to those women who are over 27 to 30 and still single.

From 2000-2010, the marriage rate for both male and female postgraduates decreased sharply. In 2010, the rate for women fell below 50 percent.

Nowadays, in some age ranges, for example by 2010 in the age group from 20 to 29, women with master's degrees outnumber men. However, following traditional Chinese convention, men tend to "marry down" both in terms of age and education level.

If the trends continue, women receiving postgraduate education would have fewer opportunities to find partners, say the authors of the report. They suggest that women under 34 who hold a master's degree may have more difficulty in finding a partner, even though the proportion of unmarried men of that age is higher.

 

Report: How Does Higher Education Affect Women's Marriage Prospects?

A chart from the report shows that the marriage rate of female master's students in 2010 fell below 50 percent. [thepaper.cn]

 

Report: How Does Higher Education Affect Women's Marriage Prospects?

A chart from the report indicates the preference of men marrying women with lower educational attainment has slightly changed whereas that of women has stayed the same. [thepaper.cn]

 

(Source: Chinanews/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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