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A lmost a third of adult single men live with a parent. Single men are much more likely to be unemployed, financially fragile and to lack a college degree than those with a partner. These are the some of the findings of a new Pew Research analysis of data on the growing gap between American adults who live with a partner and those who do not. While the study is less about the effect of marriage and more about the effect that changing economic circumstances have had on marriage, it sheds light on some unexpected outcomes of shifts in the labor market.
Over the same time period that the fortunes of single people have fallen, the study shows, the proportion of American adults who live with a ificant other, be it spouse or unmarried partner, also declined substantially. Partly, this is because people are taking longer to establish that relationship. The median age of marriage is creeping up, and while now more people live together than before, that has not matched the s of people who are staying single. And among those 40 to year-olds, one in five men live with a parent. The trend has not had an equal impact across all sectors of society.
The Pew study, which uses information from the American Community Surveynotes that men are now more likely to be single than women, which was not the case 30 years ago.
Most researchers agree that the trendlines showing that fewer people are getting married and that those who do are increasingly better off financially have a lot more to do with the effect of wealth and education on marriage than vice versa. People who are financially stable are just much more likely to find and attract a partner. This reframing of the issue may explain why fewer men than women find partners, even though men are more likely to be looking for one.
The economic pressures on men are stronger. Research has shown that an ability to provide financially is still a more prized asset in men than in women, although the trend is shifting. Some studies go so far as to suggest that the year decrease in the rate of coupling can be attributed largely to global trade and the year decrease in the of stable and well-paying jobs for American men that it brought with it.
When manufacturing moved overseas, non-college educated men found it more difficult to make a living and thus more difficult to attract a partner and raise a family. But there is also evidence that coupling up improves the economic fortunes of couples, both men and women. Bradford Wilcox, pointing to a Harvard study that suggests single men are more likely than married men to leave a job before finding another.
The Pew report points to a Duke University study that suggests that after marriage men work longer hours and earn more. Sincewomen have graduated college in far higher s than men. If you want to lock yourself in a room with somebody for 50 years, you might want to have the same level of education, and just have more in common with them. What seems to be clear is that the path to marriage increasingly runs through college. at letters time.
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