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¿Qué tanto han cambiado las decisiones de los jóvenes en Colombia en las tres últimas décadas?


  • Javier Báez R.



The decisions taken by young Colombians in their early years as potentiallyindependent individuals (25 to 35 years of age) have changedduring the last decades. A good part of these decisions have to do withattending college or not. The results show that young people today preferconjugal relations such as free unions and are more prone to separationsand divorce, especially those that are not college-educated. At present,young people tend to form smaller families and have their children atlater ages, especially the college-educated. The gap in the labor incomesof young women with and without college training has been increasingsince 1985.Las decisiones de los jóvenes colombianos en su primera etapa como individuospotencialmente independientes (entre los 25 y 35 años de edad)han cambiado en las tres últimas décadas. Buena parte de esas decisionesestán asociadas a la condición de ser o no profesionales. Los resultadosmuestran que los jóvenes hoy prefieren relaciones conyugales como launión libre y son mucho más propensos a las separaciones y al divorcio,especialmente los no profesionales. Los jóvenes actualmente tienden aconformar hogares más pequeños y tienen sus hijos a edades más adultas,sobre todo los profesionales. La brecha en los ingresos laborales entre lasmujeres profesionales jóvenes y las no profesionales ha estado aumentandodesde 1985.

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  • Javier Báez R., 2008. "¿Qué tanto han cambiado las decisiones de los jóvenes en Colombia en las tres últimas décadas?," Revista de Economía del Caribe 007103, Universidad del Norte.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000382:007103

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    Household incomes; rate of return of education; incomesby gender; education and incomesIngresos de los hogares; tasas de retorno a la educación; ingresos por género; educación e ingresos;

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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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