Marriage and Divorce Since World War II: Analyzing the Role of Technological Progress on the Formation of Households
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6391
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 labour 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 benefits from labour-saving technological progress.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 57
Keywords: Divorce, Hours Worked, Household Production, Marriage, Technological Progress
JEL Classification: E13, J12, J22, O11working papers series
Date posted: May 29, 2008
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