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Marriage and Divorce since World War II: Analyzing the Role of Technological Progress on the Formation of Households

Nezih Guner () and Jeremy Greenwood

No 65, 2004 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: Since World War II there has been: (i) a rise in the fraction of time that married households allocate to market work, (ii) an increase in the rate of divorce, and (iii) a decline in the rate of marriage. What can explain this? It is argued here that technological progress in the household sector has saved on the need for labor at home. This makes it more feasible for singles to maintain their own home, and for married women to work. To address this question, a search model of marriage and divorce is developed. Household production is subject to labor-saving technological progress

Keywords: Marriage and Divorce; Household Production; Hours Worked; Technological Progress (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 J12 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-ino and nep-lab
Date: 2004
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