Family Inequality: Diverging Patterns in Marriage, Cohabitation, and Childbearing

Family Inequality: Diverging Patterns in Marriage, Cohabitation, and Childbearing. National Bureu of Economic Research. Shelly Lundberg et al. March 31, 2016.

The last 60 years have seen the emergence of a dramatic socioeconomic gradient in marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and childbearing. The divide is between college graduates and others: those without four-year degrees have family patterns and trajectories very similar to those of high school graduates. The report documents these trends and show that, compared with college graduates, less-educated women are more likely to enter into cohabiting partnerships early and bear children while cohabiting, are less likely to transition quickly into marriage, and have much higher divorce rates. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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