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

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  • Jeremy Greenwood

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Nezih Guner

    (ICREA-MOVE, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE)

  • Georgi Kocharkov

    (University of Konstanz)

  • Cezar Santos

    (Getulio Vargas Foundation)

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. Additionally, positive assortative mating has risen. Income inequality among households has also widened. 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. Two underlying driving forces are considered: technological progress in the household sector and shifts in the wage structure. The analysis emphasizes the joint role that educational attainment, married female labor-force participation, and assortative mating play in determining income inequality.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 589.

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Length: 64 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2015
Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:589
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