The Great Transition: Kuznets Facts for Family-Economists

67 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2021 Last revised: 20 Apr 2022

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Jeremy Greenwood

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

Nezih Guner

Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI)

Ricardo Marto

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

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Date Written: April 2021

Abstract

The 20th century beheld a dramatic transformation of the family. Some Kuznets style facts regarding structural change in the family are presented. Over the course of the 20th century in the United States fertility declined, educational attainment waxed, housework fell, leisure increased, jobs shifted from blue to white collar, and marriage waned. These trends are also observed in the cross-country data. A model is developed, and then calibrated, to address the trends in the US data. The calibration procedure is closely connected to the underlying economic logic. Three drivers of the great transition are considered: neutral technological progress, skill-biased technological change, and drops in the price of labor-saving household durables.

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Greenwood, Jeremy and Guner, Nezih and Marto, Ricardo, The Great Transition: Kuznets Facts for Family-Economists (April 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w28656, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3824532

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