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Technology and the Changing Family: A Unified Model of Marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation

  • Jeremy Greenwood

    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

  • Nezih Guner


    (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE, Spain)

  • Georgi Kocharkov


    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

  • Cezar Santos


    (Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany)

Marriage has declined since 1960, with the drop being bigger for non-college educated individuals versus college educated ones. Divorce has increased, more so for the non-college educated vis-à-vis the college educated. Additionally, assortative mating has risen; i.e., people are more likely to marry someone of the same educational level today than in the past. A unified model of marriage, divorce, educational attainment and married female labor force participation is developed and estimated to fit the postwar U.S. data. The role of technological progress in the household sector and shifts in the wage structure for explaining these facts is gauged.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2012-21.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1221
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