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Jenifer Bratter, Rice University

Biracial or Black when saying “I do”: Considering Racial Differences in Delays to Marriage for Black, White, and Black-White women
When Apr 27, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Racial differences in marriage entry consistently reveal delays in transitioning to marriage among Blacks compared to Whites, and Black women in particular are less likely to marry. While these patterns are attributed to structural constraints hindering opportunities to marry, they have primarily been observed without attention to how multiracial individuals fit in.  This research addresses this gap by including Black-White adults into analyses of entry into first marriage.  Using the five year estimates from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data, we generate logistic regression models predicting entry into first marriage relative to remaining never married. Models estimating first marriage identify marriage delays among Black women that extend to Black-white women.  Black and Black-white women are both half as likely to have been married in the past year, relative to White women.  Our analysis explores this differences as either a function of exposure to multiple markets, or having access to expanded opportunities beyond what would conventionally be understood as same-race markets (i.e. among Black populations). Findings indicate that the demographic quantity of Black men, the concentrations of the Black population, and tendencies to marry beyond the Black population in particular are especially powerful in facilitating marriage patterns among biracial women.

About the Speaker

Jenifer Bratter

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