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1. Shull, Virginia
Division of Labor and the Economic Determinants of Divorce
Honors Project Paper 57, Department of Economics, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1995.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Department of Economics, Illinois Wesleyan University
Keyword(s): Divorce; Family Formation; Family Income; Family Models; Family Studies; Gender Attitudes/Roles; Marital Satisfaction/Quality; Marital Stability; Marriage; Undergraduate Research

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The theme of the 1992 National Republican Convention rang out with such phrases as the "traditional family" and "family values," and many conservatives asserted that a return to these molds of the established institutions of marriage and family would be the solution to the societal ills America now faces. As the number of single parent households skyrocketed in the 1980's and more single-headed household incomes began to fall at or below the poverty line, America as a whole began to feel the economic burden of a booming population of families economically dependent on federal and state social programs.

This paper will explore how the economic structure of a marriage determines the viability of the marriage over time. More specifically, it will attempt to test a hypothesis implied by Gary Becker's theory of the family that the lack of division of labor between two spouses, that is both spouses working full time outside the home, causes a greater probability of divorce. Hence, a "traditional family", with only one spouse as the primary wage earner and the other spouse primarily producing nonmarketable commodities within the home is "better off" than a non-traditional family because that family unit is more likely to realize economies from divisions of labor and to remain permanent.

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Shull, Virginia. "Division of Labor and the Economic Determinants of Divorce." Honors Project Paper 57, Department of Economics, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1995.