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Education, Labor Markets, and the Retreat from Marriage
Social Forces (2011)
  • Kristen Harknett, University of Pennsylvania
  • Arielle Kuperberg
Abstract
Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study and Current Population Surveys, we find that labor market conditions play a large role in explaining the positive relationship between educational attainment and marriage. Our results suggest that if low-educated parents faced the same (stronger) labor market conditions as their more-educated counterparts, then differences in marriage by education would narrow considerably. Better labor markets are positively related to marriage for fathers at all educational levels. In contrast, better labor markets are positively related to marriage for less-educated mothers but not their more-educated counterparts. We discuss the implications of our findings for theories about women’s earning power and marriage, the current economic recession, and future studies of differences in family structure across education groups.
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Kristen Harknett and Arielle Kuperberg. "Education, Labor Markets, and the Retreat from Marriage" Social Forces (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kristenharknett/13/