The Wife's Protector: A Quantitative Theory Linking Contraceptive Technology with the Decline in Marriage
Nezih Guner () and
Karen Kopecky ()
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Nezih Guner: Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI), https://www.cemfi.es/~guner/
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The 19th and 20th centuries saw a transformation in contraceptive technologies and their take up. This led to a sexual revolution, which witnessed a rise in premarital sex and out-of-wedlock births, and a decline in marriage. The impact of contraception on married and single life is analyzed here both theoretically and quantitatively. The analysis is conducted using a model where people search for partners. Upon finding one, they can choose between abstinence, marriage, and a premarital sexual relationship. The model is confronted with some stylized facts about premarital sex and marriage over the course of the 20th century. Some economic history is also presented.
Keywords: age of marriage; contraceptive technology; never-married population; number of partners; out-of-wedlock births; premarital sex; singles (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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