Partner supply in Britain and the US: estimates and gender contrasts

Ní Bhrolcháin, Máire and Sigle-Rushton, Wendy (2005) Partner supply in Britain and the US: estimates and gender contrasts. Population (English Edition), 60, (1-2), 37-64.


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Marriage market estimates by sex and age are made for the US and England and Wales in 1990-91, using explicit data on age preferences. Availability is strongly differentiated by age and sex; it decreases with age for women, while the opposite is true for men. Decomposition shows that young women are advantaged largely by age preferences while older men are advantaged by population age-sex and marital status structure. Most men marry at ages when partners are in short supply, a finding that is examined in detail. Implications for gender power relations through the life course are considered.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1634-2941 (print)
1958-9190 (electronic)
Alternative titles: L'offre de conjoints potentiels ed Grande-Bretagne et aux États-Unis
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 34840
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2005Published
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02

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