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Later Marriages or Fewer? Changes in the Marital Behavior of Japanese Women

Archived Abstract of Former PSC Researcher

Raymo, James. 1998. "Later Marriages or Fewer? Changes in the Marital Behavior of Japanese Women." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60(4): 1023-1034. National Council on Family Relations.

Using pooled cross-sectional data from recent censuses and wage surveys, age-specific models of marriage prevalence are estimated in order to examine whether rapid changes in the marital behavior of Japanese women reflect delayed marriage or an increase in the proportion who will never marry. Results indicate that higher wages for females, higher educational attainment, and recency of cohort are associated with lower marital prevalence at ages 30-34, consistent with an interpretation of increasing nonmarriage. Given the rapid pace with which Japan's population is projected to age, the rarity of nonmarital childbearing, and the relative absence of family alternatives to marriage, an increase in the proportion of those who never marry would have potentially major social, economic, and demographic consequences.

Dataset(s): Japanese Census. Wage Survey.

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