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Marriage and Divorce Working Papers

Working papers are intended to make results of Census Bureau research available to others and to encourage discussion on a variety of topics. They have not undergone a review and editorial process generally accorded official Census Bureau publications.

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The New Great Migration and Black Marriage Trends in the South
Using data from the ACS, this study examines whether the percentage of college-educated Black adults in southern MSAs is associated with marriage prevalence.

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His State or Her State? Married Couples' States of Birth and Current Residence: 1900-2018
This poster examines trends in the states of birth and current residence of married couples from 1900-2018.

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Union Formation and Dissolution: SIPP 2014
This study uses SIPP 2014 to examine union formation and union dissolution using a variety of sociodemographic variables for those who have a union transition.

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Economic Security and Marriage Rates for Young Adults
Examines the role of socioeconomic characteristics (e.g., labor force participation, wages, poverty, and housing) on the marriage rates of young adults.

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Family and Household Composition After the Great Recession
This poster examines the relationship between the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas’ economic well-being and family and household measures.

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Examining Change in Interracial/Interethnic Married-Couple Households
This poster examines geographic change in the prevalence of interracial and interethnic married-couple households from 2000 to 2012-2016.

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Interracial and Inter-ethnic Marriage and Self-Rated Health
Study explores the associations between partner race/ethnicity and health in the U.S. using the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

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Testing Alternative Relationship and Marital Status Questions 2013 ACS
Quantitatively tested revised relationship and marital status questions developed through focus groups and cognitive testing.

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Mapping Interracial/Interethnic Married-Couple Households
This poster examines the geographic distribution of interracial and interethnic married couples in the United States.

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Marital Homogamy and Economic Vulnerability During the Great Recession
Examines whether those employed/formerly employed in occupations that were hard‐hit by the recession were more likely to have employed partners after recession.

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Same-Sex Couples’ Consistency in Reports of Marital Status
Limited research has examined how same-sex couples report their marital status.

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Historical Marriage Trends from 1890-2010
This paper views the history of marriage by sex and race, describing trends among those never married at age 35 and age 45 and older.

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Evolving Labor Force Outcomes for Married Couples
This paper seeks to study the changes in labor market outcomes among married couples based on their level of education relative to their spouse.

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Evaluation of the Marital Events Items on the ACS
This paper is released to inform interested parties of ongoing research and to encourage discussion of work in progress.

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The Characteristics of Remarried Americans
This paper is released to inform interested parties of ongoing research and to encourage discussion of work in progress.

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Children's Coresidence with Half Siblings
A substantial proportion of children will live with half siblings during their childhood, and tend to fare worse on some measures of child well being.

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Working Beyond Retirement-Age
This presentation focuses on why people might be working beyond retirement-age.

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U.S. Hispanic Population: 2006
This presentation includes graphs for data collected around the Hispanic population.

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Evaluation Report Covering Marital History
Results of the proposed addition of marital history as tested in the 2006 American Community Survey Content Test.

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Marital Status in the 2004 American Community Survey
Highlights data on the marital status of the population from the 2004 American Community Survey.

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Remarriage in the United States
This poster looks at remarriage in the United States over the last half of the 20th century.

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What Has Happened to Median Age at First Marriage Data?
Examination of the potential of ACS and CPS to collect median age at first marriage estimates previously provided by National Center for Health Statistics.

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Adoptive Single Parents and Their Children: 2000
This report presents information on the characteristics of the 2.1 million adopted children and 4.4 million stepchildren of householders from the 2000 Census.

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What about the Children?
Data obtained from the Supplementary Survey 2001 contain valuable information about the household and family experiences of children.

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Interracial Unmarried Households vs Interracial Married Households
This Interracial Unmarried-Partner Households working paper is on Families and Living Arrangements.

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Intermarriage: Profiles of Common interracial Combinations
Rates of racial intermarriage have incresed in the United States, especially since legal barriers were removed in 1967.

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Interracial Marriage: Social Connection, Marital Conflict and Divorce
Using both waves of the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), this paper examines the relative stability of interracial and same race marriages.

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Interracial Marriage and Marital Instability
This paper uses the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth to consider whether interracial first marriages are less stable than endogamous marriages.

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Who are the Poor Elderly? Report Using Alternative Poverty Measures
This paper reviews the recent literature on poverty measurement among the elderly by bringing together issues that bear upon measures of resources and needs.

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How Does POSSLQ Measure Up? Historical Estimates of Cohabitation
In this paper, we provide an overview of the indirect and direct methods used to measure cohabitation prevalence.

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Racial-Ethnic and Gender Differences in Cohabitation and Marriage
Explores the relationship between earnings and cohabitation as well as other marital statuses across racial-ethnic groups for men and women.

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Edit Effects of Marital Status on Same Gender Couples
Assesses current Census Bureau edit procedures for marital status and household relationship among same gender couples.

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Application of Experimental Poverty Measures to the Aged
This article examines poverty among persons aged 65 or older under experimental measures, which are based on a 1995 report released by the NAC.

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Trends in Marital Status of U.S. Women at First Birth: 1930 to 1994
This paper reports on the trend of premarital childbearing amoung U.S. women.

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Fertility of American Men
This paper examines the quality of the fertility data among men and women and the characteristics of the men who did not respond to the question on fertility.

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Adjusting for Attrition in Event History Analysis
Investigates the issue of weighting for attrition in event history models by comparing alternative treatments of sampling weights in marriage & divorce models.


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