1 - Cost and benefits of marriages incentives In a society...

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Cost and benefits of marriages: incentives.  In a society, where the costs of a divorce is high the rate of it will be low  since there are less incentives in getting a divorce. If benefits to marriage are  high, and the costs of getting divorced are low, the you will have higher  incentives in getting divorced than staying married. People don’t differ because  they have different values. Rational choice theory – should not look at values but  think of interests instead.  What kinds of things would make a marriage last longer?  Homophily – similarities in sociological characters. Increases chances  of getting married and the more solid a union would be.  Nonhomophilous unions create less children because people realize  this how this can undermine their marriage. Because these people  believe that their marriage is not homophilous, they invest less into the  marriage. This also increases their likelihood of divorce.  o Another interpretation – people who are involved in non- homophilous relationships are non-traditional already therefore  they have less children. However, this interpretation falls into  the values category instead of the interests category.  o A third interpretation – non-homophilous people will have in their  minds the possibility that their children will face stigmas or  prejudices.  o Becker only gives correlations between homophilious and non-
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2009 for the course SOC 379M taught by Professor Ariadut during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas.

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