Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149221
Authors: 
Greenwood, Jeremy
Guner, Nezih
Vandenbroucke, Guillaume
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10362
Abstract: 
Powerful currents have reshaped the structure of families over the last century. There has been (i) a dramatic drop in fertility and greater parental investment in children; (ii) a rise in married female labor-force participation; (iii) a decline in marriage and a rise in divorce; (iv) a higher degree of assortative mating; (v) more children living with a single mother; (vi) shifts in social norms governing premarital sex and married women's roles in the labor market. Macroeconomic models explaining these aggregate trends are surveyed. The relentless flow of technological progress and its role in shaping family life are stressed.
Subjects: 
assortative mating
baby boom
baby bust
family economics
female labor supply
fertility
household income inequality
household production
human capital
macroeconomics
marriage and divorce
quality-quantity trade off
premarital sex
quantitative theory
single mothers
social change
survey paper
technological progress
women's rights
JEL: 
D1
E2
J1
O1
O4
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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