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quantity and economic quality of available men on transitions to first marriage among young
women, the marital search model that incorporates microexplanations like the role of women' s
increasing economic independence, and male marriageable pool hypothesis. This study finds
supporting evidence that a decreased supply of marriageable men (as defined by economic
attractiveness) is a more valid explanation for prevalence of single-parent family structure
amongst African Americans than the receipt of welfare benefits, amongst other relevant factors. 8
These findings, evaluated in a broader socioeconomic spectrum including the fact that female
economic independence is positively associated with marriage, leads to the conclusion that
because of the shortage in marriageable men, public policy that advocates a living or family
wage for impoverished men and women would be a better strategy for encouraging marriage and
a traditional nuclear family structure than advocating marriage for the dependence of females on
a male breadwinner, as previously proposed by Moyers and Moynihan (Lichter, McLaughlin,
Kephart, Landry 1992, pg. 29).
Adding to the support of the...
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2012 for the course ETHC 447 taught by Professor Crozat during the Spring '12 term at DeVry Addison.
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