Think tank in child poverty warning
By the time the same questions were asked of women born in 1970, that gap had grown to 45% against 32% - though the number married to someone of a lower standing had remained around the same at 23%.
In the most recent survey, among those born between 1976 and 1981, a clear majority (56%) had stuck to their own social sphere in choosing a partner, with only 16% choosing a man from a higher class. There was, however, an increase in those "marrying down", which stood at 28%.
The IPPR suggested the move towards picking a life partner similar to yourself - known among academics as "assortative mating" - could partly be down to changes in the workplace. One factor was the decline of young women in clerical jobs in the 1950s and 1960s "marrying the boss", it suggested.
The IPPR said its conclusions were supported by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which has suggested that 11% of the rise in inequality since the mid-1980s can be accounted for by assortative mating.
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