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Marriage and Divorce since World War II: Analyzing the Role of Technological Progress on the Formation of Households

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  • Nezih Guner
  • Jeremy Greenwood

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Since World War II there has been: (i) a rise in the fraction of time that married households allocate to market work, (ii) an increase in the rate of divorce, and (iii) a decline in the rate of marriage. What can explain this? It is argued here that technological progress in the household sector has saved on the need for labor at home. This makes it more feasible for singles to maintain their own home, and for married women to work. To address this question, a search model of marriage and divorce is developed. Household production is subject to labor-saving technological progress

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 65.

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Keywords: Marriage and Divorce; Household Production; Hours Worked; Technological Progress;

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