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Women's Education and Family Behavior

Adam Isen and Betsey Stevenson

in Demography and the Economy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780226754727
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226754758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226754758.003.0004
Women's Education and Family Behavior

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This chapter examines the trends in marriage, divorce, and fertility among American women. It shows that over the past sixty years, marriage rates have fallen, divorce rates have increased, and fertility has fallen, and argues that the fundamental nature of marriage has changed. This chapter shows that this gradual switch in the predominant economic gain from marriage from production to consumption is consistent with the observed marriage trends. For instance, in recent years, the marriage rate for college-educated women has been roughly as high as for those who did not go to college. In addition to marriage and divorce, the chapter looks at changes in the pattern of remarriage and changes in the timing of childbirth.

Keywords: women's education; family behavior; marriage trends; divorce trends; fertility trends; college-educated women; educational distribution by race; remarriage patterns; marriage gap

Chapter.  13970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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