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Age at Marriage and Marital Instability: Revisiting the Becker-Landes-Michael Hypothesis


Evelyn L. Lehrer


University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

June 2006

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2166

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An early age at first marriage is known to be associated with a high risk of divorce. Yet it has been suggested that beyond a certain point, the relationship between age at marriage and marital instability may become positive, because as unmarried women begin to hear their biological clock tick, they may settle for matches far from the optimal. Analyses based on cycles 5 and 6 of the National Surveys of Family Growth show that the relationship between age at marriage and marital instability is strongly negative up to the late twenties, with a flattening of the curve thereafter.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: divorce, marital dissolution, marriage

JEL Classification: J12, J11, J10

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Date posted: June 26, 2006  

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Lehrer, Evelyn L., Age at Marriage and Marital Instability: Revisiting the Becker-Landes-Michael Hypothesis (June 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2166. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=912213

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University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics ( email )
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Chicago, IL 60607-7121
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