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Marriage and the Economy

Marriage and the Economy
Theory and Evidence from Advanced Industrial Societies

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Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman, Michael Brien, Michelle Sheran, Evelyn L. Lehrer, Leslie Whittington, James Alm, Frances Woolley, Joseph Lupton, James Smith, Andrea Beller, John Graham, John Fitzgerald, Joni Hersch, Shoshana Neuman, Elizabeth Field-Hendrey, Linda Edwards, Duncan Ironmonger, Faye Soupourmas, Shirley Burggraf
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  • Date Published: April 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521891431

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  • This book examines the impact of marriage on labor force participation, productivity at work, savings, government programs, and many other aspects of the economy. Lawmakers, legal scholars, sociologists, psychologists, spiritual leaders and all concerned with threats to the institution of marriage and the values that it embodies benefit from this reexamination of a basic Western institution via the lens of professional economists.

    • Most up-to-date collection on the economics of marriage and the family
    • Covers North America, Europe, Israel and has implications for rest of developed world
    • Contributors are among the world's leading specialists on the subject
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    From the foreword by Jacob Mincer, Columbia University: "Marriage and the Economy is the latest sampling of research currently conducted by the second and the third generation of New Household Economy analysts. Focus on determinants and consequences of marriage is timely, especially as, in historical perspective, we have moved from the extended family to the nuclear and now the subnuclear (single-parent, or just single) household. Readers will be more than compensated by the rich and stimulating work in this book."

    "Only in recent years has the household economy finally become a major field of investigation within economics. In the forefront of this booming research movement have been the editor Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman and the authors of the various chapters in this volume. The studies reported on here show how the tools of economic analysis can be applied to the intertwined materialistic and non-materialistic ends that people seek from marriage, and to the efficiency and equity of the outcomes generated as actual or prospective spouses maneuver between the monetized economy of the outer world and the non-monetized economy within marriage." Jack Hirshleifer, University of California, Los Angeles

    "This book presents fourteen essays by experienced economists plus an introduction by a distinguished worker in the area, Jacob Mincer. They survey most aspects of this interesting and expanding field." Clive Granger, University of California, San Diego

    "In general this book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of economic theories employed in studies of marriage and divorce and the empirical results emerging from this field of research. The largely non-technical presentations should be accessible to those without the skills of a highly specialized economist. This may be the greatest benefit of the book: its potential contribution to increasing general awareness and knowledge concerning issues related to marriage and divorce." - Feminist Economics Kristian Bolin, Centre for Health Economics, Lund University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521891431
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 46 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Marriage and the economy Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman
    Part I. The Economics of Marriage and Divorce:
    2. The economics of marriage and household formation Michael Brien and Michelle Sheran
    3. The economics of divorce Evelyn L. Lehrer
    4. The effects of public policy Leslie Whittington and James Alm
    Part II. Effects of Marriage on Income Uses:
    5. Control over money in marriage Frances Woolley
    6. Marriage, assets, and savings Joseph Lupton and James Smith
    7. The economics of child support Andrea Beller and John Graham
    8. Marriage prospects and welfare use John Fitzgerald
    Part III. Effects of Marriage on Time Uses:
    9. Marriage, household production and earnings Joni Hersch
    10. Marriage and work for pay Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman and Shoshana Neuman
    11. Marriage, work for pay, and child care Rachel Connelly and Jean Kimmel
    12. Marriage and home-based paid employment Elizabeth Field-Hendrey and Linda Edwards
    Part IV. Marriage and the Macro Economy:
    13. Married households and gross household product Duncan Ironmonger and Faye Soupourmas
    14. Marriage, parental investment, and the macroeconomy Shirley Burggraf.

  • Editor

    Shoshana A. Grossbard, San Diego State University


    Jacob Mincer, Columbia University, New York


    Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman, Michael Brien, Michelle Sheran, Evelyn L. Lehrer, Leslie Whittington, James Alm, Frances Woolley, Joseph Lupton, James Smith, Andrea Beller, John Graham, John Fitzgerald, Joni Hersch, Shoshana Neuman, Elizabeth Field-Hendrey, Linda Edwards, Duncan Ironmonger, Faye Soupourmas, Shirley Burggraf

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