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Marriage Rates and Marriageable Men: A Test of the Wilson Hypothesis

  • Robert G. Wood
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    This article examines the hypothesis that recent declines in black marriage rates have been driven by a declining pool of high-earning, young black men. Using 1970 and 1980 SMSA-level Census data to estimate a fixed-effect model of black marriage rates, I find that declines in the pool of "marriageable" black men are responsible for only a small fraction of the decline in black marriage rates. My estimates suggest that this decline in the number of high-earning, young black men explains only 3 to 4 percent of the decline in black marriage rates during the 1970s.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 30 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 163-193

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:30:y:1995:i:1:p:163-193
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