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Cohen on decreasing divorce rates

Millennials are staying married

Ben Steverman of Bloomberg, writing for The Chicago Tribune, accounts adults under the age of 45 proclivity to stay married. Emerging data suggests that millennials are tying the knot at older ages, when education, careers and finances are abreast. As a result, U.S. divorce rates had dropped by 18 percent from 2008 to 2016. He draws on research by Faculty Associate Philip Cohen, who analyzed the U.S. Census Bureau survey data, and concluded that “One of the reasons for the decline is that the married population is getting older and more highly educated.” Additionally, the people who are actually getting married are most likely to stay together, “Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing”, Cohen said.

Another alternative is opting not to marry at all. Many poorer and less educated Americans tend to live together and raise kids jointly without actually tying the knot.

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