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Technology and the Changing Family: A Unified Model of marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation

Jeremy Greenwood, Nezih Guner (), Georgi Kocharkov () and Cezar Santos ()

No 2015-04, Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz from Department of Economics, University of Konstanz

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; married female labor supply; household production; marriage and divorce; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 D31 J13 J17 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 66 pages
Date: 2015-02-11
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