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Author: Wong, Odalia Ho
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1. Wong, Odalia Ho
A Survival Analysis of First Marriage Postponement
Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Chicago, 1987
Cohort(s): Young Women
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Age at First Marriage; Career Patterns; Educational Attainment; Employment; Marriage; Parental Influences; Work Attitudes

This dissertation analyzes the determinants of the age at first marriage of young women. The empirical analysis is performed on a sample of white women born between the late 1940s and the mid-1950s which is taken from the NLS of Young Women. The proportional hazards model, which is ideal for analyzing panel data, is used in our analysis. The relationships between the age at first marriage and the women's personal characteristics such as educational attainment, school enrollment, employment, income, future plan at age 35 and SMSA residence are examined. In addition, the relationships between the age at first marriage and the women's family background characteristics such as parental education level, father's occupational level, mother's employment and living arrangement at age 14 are also examined. Our analysis shows that late marriers are generally more highly educated, employed, have higher income, and plan to work later in life. This lends support to our hypothesis that young women are taking the opportunities to achieve in the economic world more seriously by placing more emphasis and spending more time on the pursuits of a better education and a working career. The finding that higher education and employment only reduce the likelihood of marriage for women under age 20 but not for women over age 24 is an important one. It indicates that the pursuits of higher education and/or a career is incompatible only with early marriage, but not with a young woman's plans to eventually have her own family. In other words, the recent increase in the median age at first marriage of the bride should not be taken as a sign that young women are foregoing marriage. Rather, it is an indication that young women are postponing marriage until education is completed, employment is secured and savings accumulated. [UMI ADG05-61995]
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Wong, Odalia Ho. A Survival Analysis of First Marriage Postponement. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Chicago, 1987.