Technology and the Changing Family: A Unified Model of Marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation
63 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2011 Last revised: 3 Mar 2015
Date Written: February 6, 2015
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 household income inequality.
Keywords: Assortative mating, education, married female labor supply, household production, marriage and divorce, household income inequality
JEL Classification: D31, E13, J12, J22, O11
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