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The Slowing Metabolism of Marriage: Figures from 1988 U.S. Marital Status Life Tables

Robert Schoen and Robin M. Weinick
Demography
Vol. 30, No. 4 (Nov., 1993), pp. 737-746
Published by: Springer on behalf of the Population Association of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2061816
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The Slowing Metabolism of Marriage: Figures from 1988 U.S. Marital Status Life Tables
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Abstract

Marital status life tables for the United States, 1988, show a continuing retreat from marriage. For both sexes, the proportion ever marrying declined and the average age at first marriage rose. The 1988 rates imply that 43% of marriages end in divorce. That represents a slight decline from the 1983 figure, and suggests that divorce has peaked at a level below that estimated in earlier analyses.

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