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Explaining first marriage trends in Australia.

Authors
  • Bracher, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the Australian Population Association
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1990
Volume
7
Issue
2
Pages
128–150
Identifiers
PMID: 12343017
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

"This paper presents new estimates of Australian first marriage trends since the 1920s and then focuses on the recent period. Analysis of first marriage statistics shows that nuptiality decline actually began amongst the oldest potential marriers in the late 1960s, and then percolated down to the younger ages. An attempt to explain recent trends through Becker's economic theory of marriage proves unsuccessful. Nevertheless, time-series regression analyses indicate that over the last twenty years first marriage rates in Australia have followed major movements in economic factors, in particular employment status, and that neither normative change nor the economic rationality postulated by the economic theory of marriage needs to be invoked as the primary determinant of changing nuptiality."

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