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 - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Nezih Guner

ICREA-MOVE; Autonomous University of Barcelona; Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE)

Georgi Kocharkov

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance

Cezar Santos

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças

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Date Written: February 2015

Abstract

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.

Keywords: assortative mating, education, household production, inequality, marriage and divorce, married female labour supply

JEL Classification: E13, J12, J22, O11

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Jeremy and Guner, Nezih and Kocharkov, Georgi and Santos, Cezar, Technology and the Changing Family: A Unified Model of Marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation (February 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10434. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2569264

Jeremy Greenwood (Contact Author)

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Nezih Guner

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Georgi Kocharkov

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance ( email )

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Cezar Santos

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Rio de Janeiro RJ 22253-900
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