Age at Marriage and Marital Instability: Revisiting the Becker-Landes-Michael Hypothesis
AbstractAn early age at first marriage is known to be associated with a high risk of divorce. Yet it has been suggested that beyond a certain point, the relationship between age at marriage and marital instability may become positive, because as unmarried women begin to hear their biological clock tick, they may settle for matches far from the optimal. Analyses based on cycles 5 and 6 of the National Surveys of Family Growth show that the relationship between age at marriage and marital instability is strongly negative up to the late twenties, with a flattening of the curve thereafter.
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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Publication status: Published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2008, 21 (2), 463 - 484
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- Evelyn Lehrer, 2008. "Age at marriage and marital instability: revisiting the Becker–Landes–Michael hypothesis," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 463-484, April.
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
- J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2006-06-24 (All new papers)
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