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dc.contributor.author Giolito, Eugenio en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T17:27:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-21T17:27:45Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Giolito,Eugenio. 2010. On Population Structure and Marriage Dynamics. B E Journal of Macroeconomics 10(1): 33-33. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1935-1690 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/4254
dc.description.abstract I develop an equilibrium, a two-sided search model of marriage with endogenous population growth, to study the interaction between fertility, the age structure of the population and the age of men and women at first marriage. Within a simple two-period overlapping generation model, I show that given an increase of the desired number of children age at marriage is affected through two different channels. First, as population growth increases, the age structure of the population produces a thicker market for young people, inducing early marriages. The second channel comes from differential fecundity: if the desired number of children is not feasible for older women, women tend to marry younger and men older, with single men outnumbering single women in equilibrium. Using an extended version of the model to a finite number of periods and fertility data, I show that two mechanisms described above may have acted as persistence mechanisms after the U. S. Baby Boom. Specifically, I find that the demographic transitional dynamics after the Baby Boom may account for approximately 23 percent of the increase in men's age of marriage between 1985 and 2009, although the impact on women's age is small. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher BERKELEY ELECTRONIC PRESS en_US
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dc.subject baby boom en_US
dc.subject marriage en_US
dc.subject population structure en_US
dc.subject search en_US
dc.subject model en_US
dc.subject divorce en_US
dc.subject economics en_US
dc.title On Population Structure and Marriage Dynamics en_US
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duke.date.pubdate 2010-00-00 en_US
duke.description.endpage 33 en_US
duke.description.issue 1 en_US
duke.description.startpage 33 en_US
duke.description.volume 10 en_US
dc.relation.journal B E Journal of Macroeconomics en_US

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