The decline of marriage over the past half century ranks among the most profound demographic transformations in American demographic history. This paper puts recent change into historical context by providing new estimates of long-run trends in marriage. I then describe change in the family economy and explore the impact of economic changes on marriage behavior. I conclude with a discussion of cultural and structural explanations for change and their implications for the future.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||50|
|Journal||Minnesota Population Center Working Paper Series|
|Issue number||No. 2014-11|
|State||Published - 2014|